Plans are in for a new gym to open in a unit opposite Waitrose in Greenwich. This plan follows hot on the heels of a new gym on Creek Road in the Gramercy development.
The Gym Group are already fitting out the gym on Creek Road and opening looked imminent when I recently passed.
A gym is also likely in the Peltons development on Blackwall Lane in east Greenwich with planning permission being sought.
Another gym exists at the Movement development by Greenwich station.
On the subject of gyms, what is happening with the former Arches leisure centre site in east Greenwich? One arm of Greenwich Council apparently purchased it from another almost two years ago:
When the Arches closed services moved down the road to the Greenwich Centre on Trafalgar Road. Since then the site has remained vacant.
Future of council leisure centres?
There was a story last week on the BBC highlighting the squeeze on council-run gyms and leisure centres. Greenwich’s services and libraries are now operated by arms-length company Better and have been a success story.
What effect will the growth in low-cost, short-term membership gyms have on such local authority run facilities? Many budget gyms are less than £20 a month whilst the Greenwich Centre is £29.95.
Having pools alongside gyms can be used to entice members but for those who only attend gyms does the rise of low-cost gyms threaten user numbers in years to come? And if that happens will that impact upon library services?
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