Parking at Aspire (weekday mornings)

Following the recent letter received from some of our Aqua and Yoga customers, I hope that this will be the best method of communication to you all. The letter I received was to inform me of the difficulties of parking at Aspire and to ask some questions, such as whether there has been a timetable change or an increase in membership, and what solutions there may be.

The short answer is that there has neither been a change to the group exercise timetable nor has there been an influx of new members. In April 2016 we had a peak of 3,620 and we currently have around 3,300 (Premier Members and Centre Cards Members).

Aspire is only responsible for its own car park and we are not able to control parking within the hospital grounds. We have made the hospital estates team aware of the RNOH staff parking by the entrance from Wood Lane.  The builders parking at the bottom of the hill also does not help this situation.  All Aspire employees (unless blue badge holders) park in a staff car park which is a five minute walk away from the Centre.

I am aware that some customers are arriving over an hour early for their class just to get a space, however this takes a space away from anyone coming for an earlier class.  This is also something I cannot stop people doing, likewise with any member that chooses to come to the gym, café or sports hall.

Possible solutions include:

  • We are consulting with selected classes to change their start time (Cardio Tennis and Body Sculpt)
  • Car sharing where possible, using public transport, walking or cycling to the Centre
  • Arriving no more than 20 mins prior to your class and leaving promptly afterwards
  • Clearly displaying your blue badge if you are in a queue so the parking attendant can find you a space
  • Using the two hour permit from our parking attendant to park in the patients’ car park and walking to the Centre
  • Booking your class in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Reducing the maximum numbers in our classes – something we do not want to do

We really want everyone to be able to access the Centre and make use of its facilities and services but are quite limited on parking facilities. If you have any suggestions or would like to discuss further, please do ask for me at reception.


Dean Tearle

Centre Manager