Jul 8, 2015 9:45 PM

Nashua neighborhood battles over parking spot


NASHUA- A city man is continuing a years-long fight to remove a parking spot he says is keeping him from being able to pull in and out of his driveway, while neighbors urge the city to keep the spot and add more.

Jim Cutter described backing in to his narrow driveway as a “life or death situation.”

He said he often holds up traffic and that people have yelled at him and demonstrated obscene gestures.

He’s been fighting for years to remove the parking spot across the street. There was a no parking sign there at one point, but it’s been removed.

Cutter has the support of Tracy Pappas who is on the Board of Public Works.

“It should be removed - not with painting, people ignore painting - there needs to be a sign. Frankly I think both should come out, and I think we should look at other options,” Pappas said.

On a walking tour with residents, Nashua aldermen took measurements and questions.

The spot is front of Marguerite’s place, who has 24/7 staffing and houses 10 single mothers and their children, all who have suffered some kind of trauma in their lives.

“Marguerite’s Place does not need the spaces because of all the parking spaces on nearby streets,” Cutter said.

Barbara Alves, President and CEO of Marguerite’s Place said the neighborhood isn’t safe.

“If you’re a victim, walking a great distance, you’re already traumatized,” Alves said.

When asked by neighbors, Cutter refused to park his car in the driveway to show the aldermen it is possible. Many told NH1 News they’ve seen Cutter hit other cars and take off and even leave nasty notes on any vehicle who parks near his house.

To some, it’s clear there needs to be more parking on Palm Street for all of the residents. Aldermen are even considering moving the spots to the other side of the street.

“We asked a lot of questions of the traffic engineer he has to answer,” said Jim Donchess, Alderman-at-Large.


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