Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Putting green not to be used for gym

AN outdoor gym in Henley should be spread out rather than enclosed in one location, say councillors.

AN outdoor gym in Henley should be spread out rather than enclosed in one location, say councillors.

Plans to install 10 pieces of equipment on the putting green in Mill Meadows were discussed by members of Henley Town Council’s recreation and amenities committee.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said a “trail format” would be more suitable.

Councillor Sam Evans agreed, saying: “The point of an outdoor gym is not to relocate an indoor gym outside. It is to encourage people to make use of different types of machinery.

“I believe we will encourage much greater usage if we spread the machines out.”



The committee voted against a recommendation to locate the gym on the putting green, saying they were concerns about whether it would affect the Green Flag awarded to Mill and Marsh Meadows because there was no mention of development in the five-year management plan for the beauty spot.

Councillor Joan Bland said: “It’s a very beautiful putting green and I think we should promote other areas in Mill Meadows.”

Councillor David Clenshaw said any alterations to the plan should be “seriously considered”, adding: “I have always felt that the provision of outdoor gym equipment is a waste of money.”

The council’s outdoor gym equipment working group will investigate other possible locations.

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