A few weeks ago I covered the ever-increasing numbers of new gyms opening in Greenwich and pondered the effect on the council’s Greenwich Centre. Well, tonight’s Greenwich Council regeneration meeting provides the answer with a 10% fall in membership numbers.
Yet more gyms are opening soon within a three mile radius as covered here.
Despite competition, should the only leisure centre with a pool in the area be suffering losses in an area of such rapid housing growth?
Competition is a big factor here but so is location and access. The centre is located by an awful junction.
And for many people moving to new-builds around the Peninsula it’s a case of walking or cycling through some very pedestrian unfriendly streets in order to reach the Greenwich Centre.
So why not go to a gym that is nearer even it does lack some some facilities but is less awkward to reach?
The finishing touches are being added to an article on how huge sums of money have been received in this area with barely any going towards improving streets which could get more people heading to east Greenwich.
Much I’ve covered before but some – such as the Sainsbury’s development on Bugsby’s Way bringing over £500k to Greenwich Council for public realm improvements four years ago and still unspent – has not.
Amusingly Greenwich Council have commissioned a report into how to bring about modal shift i.e getting more people walking and cycling. You have to laugh.
The old library which moved to the Greenwich Centre is also still unsold. That’s income Greenwich Council could be utilising. But who would buy it when the public realm outside is so poor?
It’s not all bad news for the borough’s other leisure centres though. They are holding up ok and libraries are doing well.