North Vancouver parking dispute erupts on quiet residential street
Residents say neighbours have been placing pylons and buckets on the street to save parking spots
A construction boom in North Vancouver has provoked a parking war between neighbours on a quiet residential street.
Catherine Sanchez, a resident of the 300-block of West 14th Street in North Vancouver, said at least five homeowners are putting out cones or buckets to save parking in front of, or near, where they live.
She and her husband, Fernando Sanchez, own a home with a one-car garage — leaving them to find parking on the street for their other vehicle.
Recently, when Fernando Sanchez returned home from a shopping trip, he had to get out of his car to remove bright orange pylons so he could park near his house.
Later on, he saw a strongly-worded note on his windshield.
"It's not a very nice note," said Fernando Sanchez. "Thank you for being a 'bleep' and moving my cones."
The couple has lived in North Vancouver since 2007. They said the parking problem has gotten worse since February.
They said the problem exists because of a construction boom and a lack of parking restrictions.
"There is so much construction around and new skyrises," said Sanchez.
Area resident Paul Sall puts cones in front of his house to keep people from parking there all day.
"They can come and park if it's one or two hours, but not for the whole day," said Sall.
The City of North Vancouver is trying to quell the dispute by putting in two-hour parking restrictions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, except for permit-holding residents.
The signs outlining the new parking restrictions should go up within the new few weeks.
But Fernando Sanchez is leery that anything will change without the new rules being enforced.
"What I would like is the bylaw enforcement guys, enforce the law," he said.
With files from Jeff Harrington