Shaping up to ban Commons trainers
Exercise sessions could be stopped if deemed to be commercial
KEEP-FIT enthusiasts could be banned from using village commons for exercise sessions if a council decides to stop personal trainers and their clients from using them.
Discussions have taken place among Gerrards Cross Parish Councillors about the possibility of stopping personal trainers from using East and West Commons for their sessions.
Some councillors were concerned about the commons being used for a commercial purpose, and felt that trainers should not be allowed to take their clients there.
However, other parish councillors do not feel the issue is a problem, and that restrictions should only be brought in if the trainers were stopping other villagers from enjoying the open space.
James Drabble, a personal trainer who runs Positive Impact Fitness, and trains people in the South Bucks area, said: “I am shocked that this has even been discussed, it’s a crazy suggestion.
“People should be encouraged to get out and about and to enjoy the open spaces in the area, and certainly shouldn’t be banned from doing it.
“I could understand if there were loads of personal trainers out on the commons, stopping other people from going on there, but that isn’t the case at all.”
The commons in Gerrards Cross are managed by the parish council but are owned by Lord of the Manor David Baldwin, who would have to approve any changes to the rules for who is allowed to use the site.
During the year, community events are run on the commons, and there are also footpaths and play areas for people to enjoy, as well as spaces for sport to be played.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “We have just said that we will keep an eye on it. As far as I am concerned it is not a problem at the moment.
“The commons are there for people to enjoy, and we want to encourage as many people as possible to use them.
“If it becomes a problem we will look at it again, but we don’t want to stop anyone from
going to the commons.”
CRAZY SUGGESTION: James Drabble of Positive Impact Fitness believes people should be encouraged to get out and exercise and enjoy the open spaces