Sad news that Bodies gym is to close. Apparently they've received an offer from developers and that's all she wrote. Lots of obvious puns spring to mind.
So, Ilkley loses another amenity to flats. Flats which won't be sold, judging by what's happening next door (the old Grove Hotel remains 50% unsold after three or more months on the market), and all across town. Flats which, if they are sold, will add to the parking problems, particularly in that part of town. How long till they build on Spence's Garden?
What really pisses me off is the way it was done. Some three months ago (18/11 to be precise) an outline planning application on the gym was renewed by its owners. At the time, they assured everyone that this was only 'to keep options open', and no action was planned or intended. For that reason, there was little opposition from either the residents of Regent Road or from the users. The Planning Committee refused it in its current form, but aceppted the principle of 11 residential flats so long as parking on the road wasn't affected. I can't believe this 'principle' would have been accepted if there had been any real thought that the conversion would take place (more fool the planning committee of course). Basically, the owners lied, and are now cutting and running. Cheers guys, can we have our subs back now?
Hopefully, something will rise post-mortem. Otherwise, Cannons in Guiseley will be getting a lot more trade. But what will the old ladies who use the gym for a social occassion do now?