We’re not intending to start a heated discussion about the principle of pavement parking. Reasonable people know that, as long as it doesn’t create a problem for people with pushchairs or mobility scooters, it may sometimes be an acceptable compromise. But we do occasionally get annoyed. In this case, because we have to walk through slippery mud.
These two photos were taken in the same road, maybe a hundred yards apart. One shows how things should be, the other shows how they aren’t.
We may be doing some people a total injustice, but we suspect that some of the vehicles responsible for getting mud on the pavement are associated with residents of flats very close by. What’s more, those flats have plenty of space on which the residents could park. But, of course, it saves time just to bump up the kerb and park on the verge.
At the very least, whatever excuse they have, those responsible could keep the pavement clean. (Yes, we know that sometimes trades people park on the grass. But that doesn’t absolve those for whom they’re working from clearing up after them.)