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

CAR EXPERTS have identified the worst parking spots in the UK, with Lambeth and Edinburgh leading the complaints.

It turns out Brits are quite unhappy with the way parking is managed, as the new data reveals nightmare zones across the country where residents have gone mad from parking.


Four of the areas with the most parking complaints were in London


Four of the areas with the most parking complaints were in LondonPhoto credit: Getty

Through numerous Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, researchers from car dealer have pinpointed exactly where UK residents have the most trouble parking.

Over 78 per cent of local authorities across the UK provided data focused on issues of permit availability, cost and application and management of controlled parking zones.

Worst of all is Lambeth Borough Council in south London, coming in first place due to parking problems.

In the two fiscal years 2021/22 and 2022/23, the municipality received almost 700 complaints from angry residents who had all sorts of concerns about parking permits and their accessibility to parking spaces.

Next is the Scottish capital, which narrowly missed out on the top spot with 695 complaints lodged with Edinburgh City Council.

Four of the ten worst affected areas are in London, followed by the south-east borough of Lewisham with 641 complaints.

Lambeth, City of Edinburgh and Lewisham all eclipse their rivals in terms of complaints, with Croydon following in fourth place with just 141.

The rest of the top 10 is spread across the UK in urban and rural areas and includes Plymouth, Sheffield, Bradford and Devon counties.

The new data also showed areas with the most parking, and cities like Birmingham (3rd), Wakefield (4th), Newport (5th) and Manchester (6th) topped the list.

As a repeat offender, Sheffield finished 8th, followed by Worcester City in 9th and Leeds in 10th.

Cheshire West and Cheshire East performed best, but that could be due to the rural nature of these areas skewing the statistics as parking permits are not always required.

Meanwhile, a map of the most expensive places to get a resident parking permit was released earlier this year.

The data showed how much some local authorities are asking each year, with the London Borough of Islington and the City of Manchester topping the list.

It comes as a landlord in Northumberland became furious after discovering his local council had painted double yellow lines outside his house without notice.

Tony Green, from Cramlington, says the city council’s bizarre and sudden move left his pregnant tenant without a parking space.

Elsewhere, a woman was furious after being fined £40 for taking her bleeding 75-year-old mother to the emergency room.

Jill Taylor was hospitalized Essex However, after a serious and “potentially life-threatening” accident last month, her daughter was unable to find a parking space.

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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