MEMBERSHIP: NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE
We maintain the waiting list for membership strictly by date of application.
Waiting times depend on how many Members resign each year. In October, we assess the number of vacancies and offer new memberships to the next applicants on the list.
Previously, waiting times were between two and three years. However, we had an unprecedented number of applications during the pandemic, and fewer resignations. In September 2021 there were over 400 people on the list, and we reluctantly had to close it for the time being.
After the latest round of membership renewals, there are 344 people on the waiting list. At current rates the latest applicants may have to wait another four, possibly five years. We regret this but we are clear that increasing membership numbers beyond current levels is not in the best interests of the Park or its Members.
We do not have the resources to send individual emails updating people about their position on the waiting list, but we are planning to send group emails to those on the waiting list broadly indicating their position (first 70, second 70 and so on), with our best estimate of how much longer they may have to wait.
We will update this page again when the situation changes. When we can re-open the waiting list, the level of demand means that we will only be accepting applications from those living in the L23 postcode.
Finally, a note about applications. When the waiting list is open, these are submitted by email. Applicants receive an email acknowledgement (they are asked to chase up if for any reason they do not receive one) and must keep this as proof of their application. No system is perfect, but given the length of time for which we have operated this system, we are likely to be sceptical about claims that we have mislaid applications from people who say they applied some years ago, of whom we have no record and who are unable to produce their email acknowledgements.
The Trustees, November 2021