Over recent weeks we have experienced various issues with parking at the Club. Running out of space during the day was an unusual recurring theme in the second week of January when we had a number of conferences booked in. Things have settled since then with more managable numbers attending any any meetings that have been held here. And this has thankfully been less of an issue in the past few weeks.
Evenings and Saturday mornings however do continue to be very busy so members need to be aware that on some evenings they may simply find it difficult to park in the club car park and may have to use alternate parking locally.
Peter Symond's students' use of car park
We have also been monitoring use of the car park by students attending Peter Symonds. There are two issues here, one is students who have no link to the club just using the car park. This is not allowed. The other is students who are members of the club parking at the club on the basis that they may be using the gym or playing tennis at some point in the day. This is also not allowed, so any student members reading this (or their parents if also members) should note that parking is generally only permitted at the Club while actually using the club facilities.
We will continue to monitor this and ask any offenders to move their vehicle where relevant.
Members' use of car park when not actually using the Club
Similarly we are aware that members occasionally park at the Club for convenience when visiting town or using the train station. We have in the past been OK with this as it occurs very occasionally (unlike the student use) and as long as members inform reception that they are leaving the car all day at the Club. As we get busier and busier at the Club however, we may now also have to consider restricting this use of the car park as well. We will continue to monitor this but members please note that this is only acceptable for very occasional use and you should always inform reception.
Inconsiderate use of disabled parking bays
This is unfortunately a continual problem with either
- members deciding to park in a disabled bay simply because they could not find another space to park. This is not acceptable and we would hope that members consider the implications of depriving a disabled user of the space.
- members or guests using the disabled bay as a drop off / pick up spot . Again this is not acceptable and anyone found doing this will be asked to move.
Pedestrians on the driveway
We are aware of the safety issue with pedestrians sharing the driveway with vehicles particularly in the dark. We are looking at an option to have a walkway behind the hedge that will run alongside the indoor court building.
However in the meantime can drivers please be extra aware of pedestrians using the driveway and always drive slowly when on club property.
Thank you to members for their cooperation in this.
Once again can we also thank the vast majority of members who we know always drive and park carefully and with due consideration for others at the Club