Thursday, 19 October 2017

GB rower and Mayor support gym petition

CAMPAIGNERS who want to retain a gym at the former LA Fitness in Henley will be gathering support in the town centre tomorrow (Saturday)

CAMPAIGNERS who want to retain a gym at the former LA Fitness in Henley will be gathering support in the town centre tomorrow (Saturday).

Mayor Lorraine Hillier and GB rower Will Satch will be among those asking shoppers to sign a petition calling for the gym site in Newtown Road not to be turned into a care home. The petition already has 900 signatures.

Henthames, which paid £1.8million for the land, has submitted plans to knock down the complex to make way for an 80-bed care home.

LA Fitness closed in August and now the only alternative is the gym and pool at Henley leisure centre, which is at capacity, meaning there is a waiting list for swimming lessons.

The former gym has been successfully listed as an asset of community value, giving local people six months to put a bid together if the property was put up for sale. The campaigners will also include Satch?s mother Sally and Michelle Thomas, who started the petition to save the gym.

Ms Thomas, of Belle Vue Road, Henley, said: ?The purpose of the day is to give those in the community who haven?t already signed the petition a chance to add their name and offer information on how to object to the application.

?People need to tell their own story on why we don?t need another care home and we definitely do need more sports facilities.

?I want to make sure the community is aware of what has happened. When people come along we will give them information on how to respond and explain our reasons for objecting to the plans.?

To sign the petition, visit http://www.change.org/p/sodc-planning-office-keep-the-la-fitness-site-in-newtown-rd-as-a-gym-swim-and-healthcare-facility

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