Waterfront in Woolwich continues to struggle
New figures show declining numbers of gym users continues across many Greenwich Council leisure centres.
Low cost gyms are hitting hard. Across all leisure centres there was a marked reduction in overall visitors from April to June 2019 compared to the previous year. It was down seven per cent across all centres and falls in those swimming at Woolwich was also highlighted in a council report.
Things stabilised over the period July to September across all centres in terms of overall visitors. Smaller centres such as Coldharbour helped make up for reductions at larger centres at Eltham, Greenwich and Woolwich.
Sutcliffe Park in Kidbrooke also helped with mitigating falls at big centres.
Back in October 2018 I covered a previous report which showed a 17 per cent fall in membership numbers from 2017. This year’s report does not include membership numbers.
The report blames both the loss of Woolwich Waterfront’s car park – which now sees towers underway – and competition from low-cost gyms. Another is due to open at Kidbrooke in less than two weeks. At £10.99 for the first six months of membership it could well impact upon the Eltham Centre.
The Waterfront’s move to General Gordon Square has been consistently delayed. It could now be in 2025 according to an April 2019 council report.
The lack of membership figures in the latest report matches a theme running throughout reports going before Greenwich Council’s Cabinet next week. If it’s not previous figures now excluded it’s certain issues being given a positive slant or not mentioned.
Issue such as an increase at shop vacancy rates in Eltham and Greenwich are not remarked upon.
There’s a lot more to look at so I’ll cover some more points in coming days.