Thanks. The legal position is relatively straightforward. The Highways Act 1980 Section 137 states “If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence”
Section 130 of the same Act provides "It is the duty of the highway authority to assert and protect the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of any highway for which they are the highway authority, including any roadside waste which forms part of it."
The police or the local authority have powers to remove obstructions and can prosecute offenders.
The local authority has no option but to assist if you can show that the parking is imparing your ability to pass over the public highway. It cannot just decide not to assist. If this is their present position, you could in the first instance ask the police to assist but they have an option as to whether to help or not unlike the local authority.
You can also make a complaint to the local authority regarding their response and remind them of their above statutory duty. If you remain unsatisified with their response to your complaint you can refer your complaint to the Local Authority Ombudsman which can independently review your complaint and make a decision. Decisions of the Ombudsman are not legally binding upon the local authority but local authorities will typically observe them so the Ombudsman can be an effect form of redress.
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