THREE people have offered to rent the former LA Fitness building in Henley and re-open the gym and swimming pool.
Town councillor Sam Evans, who is backing a residents’ campaign to revive the facility in Newtown Road, said all three had presented a business plan to the site’s owner Henthames privately last week.
The developer, which bought the land a year ago, wants to convert it into a care home and a planning application is expected soon.
Cllr Evans said Henthames had not dismissed the proposals but made it clear that it was still committed to its original scheme, which councillors and former gym members have opposed.
She said: “Henthames is willing to hear any offers but is definitely pressing ahead with a planning application.
“We were very disappointed but not surprised by the lack of response to the overwhelming objection from the people of Henley.”
Cllr Evans would not name the three bidders but said they were all from Henley or nearby.
She said: “These people are all serious about their proposals — they haven’t just idly thought 'oh, running a gym there might be fun’.
“They’re clearly aware of the demand for it. LA Fitness closed for reasons that were specific to that company, not because it wasn’t viable.”