Map reveals the WORST places to park in Britain with locals battling for spots… are you in a nightmare zone?

THE worst places to park in Britain have been revealed, with Lambeth and Edinburgh leading the charge in terms of complaints.

New data has exposed nightmare zones across the country, where residents have gone parking mad.


Four of the top worst areas for parking complaints were in London


Four of the top worst areas for parking complaints were in LondonCredit: Getty

Through masses of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, researchers at Auto Trader have revealed the top 10 councils with the most parking complaints. 

Over 78 per cent of councils across Britain provided the data that focused on issues of permit availability, costs and application as well as the management of controlled parking zones.

The most nightmarish of the bunch is Lambeth Borough Council in south London, which landed in first place for parking problems.

In both the financial years 2021/22 and 2022/23, the borough received almost 700 complaints from fuming residents who had all kinds of concerns about parking permits and their accessibility to spaces.

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Next up is the Scottish capital, which only just missed out on the top spot with 695 complaints made to to the City of Edinburgh council.

Four of the top 10 worst areas are in London, with the southeast borough of Lewisham following in third with 641 complaints.

Croydon followed in fourth with 141.

The rest of the top 10 are spread up and down Britain in both urban and rural areas and include Plymouth, Sheffield, Bradford and Devon County.

A second set of data revealed areas with the most limited parking.

Cheshire West and Chester council topped this list – with Cheshire East coming in second.

But it could be owing to the rural nature of these areas skewing the stats as parking permits are not always needed.

Also making the round-up were Birmingham (third), Wakefield (fourth), Newport (fifth) and Manchester (sixth) topped the list.

A repeat offender, Sheffield scored eighth, followed by Worcester City in ninth and Leeds in tenth.

Meanwhile, a map with the most expensive places to get a residents’ parking permit was revealed earlier this year.

The data uncovered just how much some councils are demanding per yea, with the London borough of Islington and the City of Manchester at the very top.

It comes as a landlord in Northumberland has been left furious after he discovered his council painted double yellow lines outside his house with “no notice”.

Tony Green from Cramlington says the council’s bizarre and sudden move has left his pregnant tenant with nowhere to park.

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Elsewhere, a woman was furious after being hit with a £40 fine as she rushed her bleeding 75-year-old mum to A&E.

Jill Taylor was taken to hospital in Essex after a serious and “potentially life-threatening” accident last month but her daughter could find nowhere to park.


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