Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

YOUR piece ‘Gyms dou­ble up across Bucks’ (Bucks Ad­ver­tiser/ Ex­am­iner, Oc­to­ber 13) high­lights the fact that fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties of ev­ery sort in Bucks have more than dou­bled in num­ber since 2010.

No­table then that, after the clo­sure of the gym at the Memo­rial Cen­tre, Ger­rards Cross no longer has a gym nor in­deed a fit­ness or well­ness fa­cil­ity of any sort.

By pop­u­la­tion Ger­rards Cross is the tenth largest com­mu­nity in the county.

It can and has sup­ported a com­mu­ni­ty­based gym in the Memo­rial Cen­tre for more than 20 years.

It is to be hoped that the GXCA Com­mit­tee will look favourably on the es­tab­lish­ment of a new, well-man­aged and mod­ernised gym in the Cen­tre.

This can very well in­clude fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties ad­dress­ing the in­creas­ing de­mand for a wider range of phys­i­cal recre­ation.

A new fit­ness fa­cil­ity should, like the ear­lier gyms in the Memo­rial Cen­tre, ad­dress the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly those for whom the “ly­cra clad, lifestyle gyms” are not ac­ces­si­ble or ap­pro­pri­ate.

We fully un­der­stand that a new fit­ness fa­cil­ity must be at least self fund­ing. But we urge that in ne­go­ti­a­tions with po­ten­tial new gym op­er­a­tors the GXCA Com­mit­tee should take fully into ac­count the wider com­mu­nity in­ter­est in hav­ing a gym and fit­ness fa­cil­ity in Ger­rards Cross.

The mem­bers of the for­mer gym will do all that they can to work with the GXCA Com­mit­tee and po­ten­tial new gym op­er­a­tors to bring this about. Ger­rards Cross de­serves some­thing com­pa­ra­ble to the leisure fa­cil­ity that many com­pa­ra­ble com­mu­ni­ties take as part and par­cel of their com­mu­nal in­fra­struc­ture.

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