Leominster leisure centre parking charges met with frustration

PLANS to introduce parking charges at Leominster leisure centre have been met with frustration.
 

Halo announced it will be introducing the charges this summer at both Hereford and Leominster leisure centres.
 

Charges will be set at £1 for up to three hours, £5 for more than three hours, £40 for a six-month pass or £70 for an annual pass.
 

Regular user of Leominster leisure centre Sarah Lamonby, 21, said: “I think it's absolutely awful. I have been a paying member of the gym for over two years now and I go to the gym, classes or swimming six times a week.
 

“There is no way I will be paying an extra £24 a month to use the facilities if I pay hourly – I would rather cancel my membership and use a gym elsewhere or do my own training.
 

“That will be every car park in Leominster now that charges, it's awful.”
 

Halo managers said they hope the charges might urge users to instead walk, cycle or car-share to the centre but Ms Lamonby said this just isn’t an option for her.
 

She said: “I go straight after work otherwise it would be too late for me to go to the gym by the time I have parked up at home and walked down.
 

“It would take me 10 minutes to walk on the weekends when I'm at my parents house but during the week I stay in Weobley and don't fancy cycling that far to then use the gym.
 

“I think if you have the time to walk or cycle then you wouldn't need to use the gym because I believe a lot of the regular users at the gym are full-time working people who use the centre as convenience.”
 

The overflow car park at the leisure centre is currently locked every evening by town councillor Wayne Rosser, which has successfully ended much of the anti-social behaviour in the area.
 

Coun Rosser was concerned that there would be an increase in anti-social behaviour should the car park now be left open throughout the night.
 

He has met with Halo staff who advised that they would take over the responsibility for managing the car park.
 

He said: “The anti-social behaviour problem needed to be addressed properly but they are going to take over the management of it 24/7 so people that live in the area won’t have to worry about it going back to how it used to be.”
 

Coun Rosser has received 50 complaints so far about the proposed charges but said he understands why Halo are having to implement them due to a reduction in their funding from Herefordshire Council.

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11:31am Thu 9 May 13

fordshire77 says...

This makes my blood boil....I take my children to the honey bees nursery 5 days a week and I’m not going to be paying £10 to drop off and pick up!
I live 8 miles away from Leominster so I’m not going to be walking it either....now looking at other nursery’s in the area that isn’t going to cost me an extra £500 a year for taking them! once again HC trying to bleed everyone dry!
This makes my blood boil....I take my children to the honey bees nursery 5 days a week and I’m not going to be paying £10 to drop off and pick up! I live 8 miles away from Leominster so I’m not going to be walking it either....now looking at other nursery’s in the area that isn’t going to cost me an extra £500 a year for taking them! once again HC trying to bleed everyone dry! fordshire77
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2:20pm Thu 9 May 13

dippyhippy says...

Fordshire77, I don't know if this is relevant, but the Hereford Leisure Centre,also operated by Halo,is next door to Holmer Primary School,whose parents had the exact same concerns as yourself. I believe that they have come up with a solution so that parents dropping off/picking up do not pay. Perhaps it would be worth the nursery owners speaking to Halo management to see if a similar arrangement could be put in place.Hope this is of some help.
Fordshire77, I don't know if this is relevant, but the Hereford Leisure Centre,also operated by Halo,is next door to Holmer Primary School,whose parents had the exact same concerns as yourself. I believe that they have come up with a solution so that parents dropping off/picking up do not pay. Perhaps it would be worth the nursery owners speaking to Halo management to see if a similar arrangement could be put in place.Hope this is of some help. dippyhippy
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3:34pm Thu 9 May 13

fordshire77 says...

Dippyippy, thanks for your message.
we received a message from the nursery and they in talks with Halo but recommend we buy a annual pass as it could be awhile before any agreement is sorted!
Dippyippy, thanks for your message. we received a message from the nursery and they in talks with Halo but recommend we buy a annual pass as it could be awhile before any agreement is sorted! fordshire77
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3:46pm Thu 9 May 13

dippyhippy says...

Really hope the situation gets resolved sooner rather than later! Take care.
Really hope the situation gets resolved sooner rather than later! Take care. dippyhippy
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4:11pm Thu 9 May 13

silentbull says...

I have problems myself parking because of the charges,
I live right next to a public car park and now I need to park in a neighbouring estate because of it, which probably will end soon because I'm guessing that the council are thinking of bringing in permits
The council cares for only one thing..


...money!!!!!
I have problems myself parking because of the charges, I live right next to a public car park and now I need to park in a neighbouring estate because of it, which probably will end soon because I'm guessing that the council are thinking of bringing in permits The council cares for only one thing.. ...money!!!!! silentbull
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7:36pm Thu 9 May 13

Biomech says...

Good, and all these idiot parents that park in the road and block traffic should be charged.

Its a car park for patrons, not for your convenience so you can shuttle your kids around.

I think they should charge for parking but include a parking permit with Halo membership so the actual customers get to use the facilities that are otherwise full of abusers
Good, and all these idiot parents that park in the road and block traffic should be charged. Its a car park for patrons, not for your convenience so you can shuttle your kids around. I think they should charge for parking but include a parking permit with Halo membership so the actual customers get to use the facilities that are otherwise full of abusers Biomech
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7:46pm Thu 9 May 13

silentbull says...

I must add though that I'm not a half member my kids have now grown up and I don't live near the leisure centre
I must add though that I'm not a half member my kids have now grown up and I don't live near the leisure centre silentbull
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7:47pm Thu 9 May 13

silentbull says...

'Halo' :-(
'Halo' :-( silentbull
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