Train­ers asked to re­mem­ber park eti­quette

Parish de­cides against re­stric­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

Photo by Ais­ling Mag­ill NL20123344

Fit­ness in­struc­tor James Drab­ble, be­lieves parish coun­cil guid­ance on use of open ar­eas is common sense

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