Shap­ing up to ban Com­mons train­ers

Ex­er­cise ses­sions could be stopped if deemed to be com­mer­cial

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ What do you think about the pro­posal? Email us at buck­snews@trin­i­

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

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