Trainers asked to remember park etiquette
Parish decides against restrictions
PERSONAL trainers who use a village common to hold their classes are being asked to conform to ‘commons etiquette’.
Gerrards Cross Parish Council last year considered banning trainers from using East and West Commons for their classes.
Some councillors had been concerned about the commons being used for commercial purposes and felt that personal trainers be allowed to take their clients there.
Following discussions, it was decided not to proceed with this, and that restrictions should only be brought in if the trainers were stopping others from enjoying open space.
Now however, personal trainers are being asked to conform to ‘commons etiquette’ before using the site, to ensure that they are using the commons responsibly.
Councillor Jennifer Woolveridge said: “It’s just about common sense really. We don’t want personal trainers causing too much noise, or stopping other people from using the commons, or taking groups there that are too large.
“It’s about making sure that everyone is able to enjoy the area.”
The commons in Gerrards Cross are managed by the parish council but are owned by Lord of the Manor David Baldwin, so any changes to rules about how the commons are used have to be approved by him.
Personal trainer James Drabble, who runs Positive Impact Fitness and who trains people in the South Bucks area said that he had no issues with the
He said: “I think when there was talk of banning personal trainers outright that was ridiculous, because you want to be encouraging people to go outside and use the village facilities.
“But I think that this sounds like common sense. I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I think that most personal trainers would be respectful of others, and wouldn’t make too much noise, but it’s probably a good thing if people know what is appropriate for that area and stick to it.
“If it means they’re not going to be causing a problem for people then it’s a good thing.”
Fitness instructor James Drabble, believes parish council guidance on use of open areas is common sense