Open air gyms plan for Leigh

Echo: Open air gyms plan for Leigh Open air gyms plan for Leigh

OPEN air gyms could be set up to encourage residents in Leigh to get active.

Councillors on the town council are considering the “green gym” project for funding.

The equipment – featuring air walking frames, air skier, sit-up boards and cross trainers – could be placed at Marine Parade, Bonchurch Park, off Bonchurch Avenue, and the grassed central area along Highlands Boulevard

Similar gyms are already in use in Priory Park, in Southend, and Shoebury Park. They are suitable for all ages – and free.

Town council chairman Caroline Parker said: “I think they are a marvellous idea, especially for getting senior citizens active.

“I raised the gyms as a suggestion about four years ago and it was pretty much laughed out because theywere too expensive, need maintenance and there were worries about youngsters abusing them.

"However, I saw a documentary about the real health benefits.

"But I worry about the three locations proposed – Marine Parade residents are very protective of their sea views and suffered with youngsters hanging about at night until we opened the skate park.

This may cause this problem again.”

She said Bonchurch Park may only have space for a couple of pieces of equipment and Highlands Boulevard may be inappropriate as it would mean crossing a busy dual carriageway.

Ian Houghton, 52, from Leigh, who is in training for a 52-mile charity walk, said: “I wouldn’t have thought we have a suitable climate for it. However, it is an interesting concept.”

Each piece of equipment costs about £1,100, including installation, so a large area would cost up to £10,000. The equipment is designed to last, so maintenance costs would be low.

Grant funding from the Lottery’s Awards for All programme would be available, so the cost to the council could be zero. Planning permission would be needed.

Carole Mulroney, chairman of the town council’s leisure, foreshore and environment committee, who will discuss ideas for projects on Thursday, said: “All committees have been asked to look at suggestions for ideas within their remit which would enhance and benefit the town.

“If they are felt to be appropriate, we will go out to public consultation, when we hope other relevant ideas will come forward from residents.”

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7:40am Tue 14 Jan 14

fletch12107 says...

No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open. fletch12107

7:57am Tue 14 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"could be placed at Marine Parade, Bonchurch Park, off Bonchurch Avenue, and the grassed central area along Highlands Boulevard"

i like the idea but......my instant thoughts are,

Bonchurch park ones will get wreaked....
Marine parade...the residents will complain against having them
Highland Boulevard ... having one in a central reservation with a dual carriageway either side thus encouraging people inc kids to cross the road to get too and from the equipment is madness.
"could be placed at Marine Parade, Bonchurch Park, off Bonchurch Avenue, and the grassed central area along Highlands Boulevard" i like the idea but......my instant thoughts are, Bonchurch park ones will get wreaked.... Marine parade...the residents will complain against having them Highland Boulevard ... having one in a central reservation with a dual carriageway either side thus encouraging people inc kids to cross the road to get too and from the equipment is madness. DogsMessInLeigh

8:34am Tue 14 Jan 14

Southchurch75 says...

Heaven forfend that the mighty burghers of Marine Parade should have something of use to the community, on what is after all common land, impinge upon their views and that it might attract the great unwashed!!
Heaven forfend that the mighty burghers of Marine Parade should have something of use to the community, on what is after all common land, impinge upon their views and that it might attract the great unwashed!! Southchurch75

9:26am Tue 14 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Southchurch75 wrote:
Heaven forfend that the mighty burghers of Marine Parade should have something of use to the community, on what is after all common land, impinge upon their views and that it might attract the great unwashed!!
The marine parade is the perfect spot and the ones that will get the most use, just got top tackle the immediate residents.
[quote][p][bold]Southchurch75[/bold] wrote: Heaven forfend that the mighty burghers of Marine Parade should have something of use to the community, on what is after all common land, impinge upon their views and that it might attract the great unwashed!![/p][/quote]The marine parade is the perfect spot and the ones that will get the most use, just got top tackle the immediate residents. DogsMessInLeigh

9:30am Tue 14 Jan 14

w-jback says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Southchurch75 wrote:
Heaven forfend that the mighty burghers of Marine Parade should have something of use to the community, on what is after all common land, impinge upon their views and that it might attract the great unwashed!!
The marine parade is the perfect spot and the ones that will get the most use, just got top tackle the immediate residents.
"Tackle" = "Ignore"
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southchurch75[/bold] wrote: Heaven forfend that the mighty burghers of Marine Parade should have something of use to the community, on what is after all common land, impinge upon their views and that it might attract the great unwashed!![/p][/quote]The marine parade is the perfect spot and the ones that will get the most use, just got top tackle the immediate residents.[/p][/quote]"Tackle" = "Ignore" w-jback

9:43am Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

fletch12107 wrote:
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
Shut it we are sick of hearing about it
[quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.[/p][/quote]Shut it we are sick of hearing about it Nowthatsworthknowing

9:43am Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

fletch12107 wrote:
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
Shut it we are sick of hearing about it
[quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.[/p][/quote]Shut it we are sick of hearing about it Nowthatsworthknowing

9:43am Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

fletch12107 wrote:
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
Shut it we are sick of hearing about it
[quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.[/p][/quote]Shut it we are sick of hearing about it Nowthatsworthknowing

10:54am Tue 14 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

open air gym - in this climate.... thanks for giving me the best laugh this week.

I can just imagine how the locals will appreciate lycra clad folk prancing around the local greenery; all the posturing types with their bottled water and head bands... yep really will add to the ambience of the area.

Just another place for the gym bores to showcase their talents.

O agree with fletch, there are more pressing things to spend money on and, Notthatsworthknowing
, let's hope you or yours never need social care facilities eh? Nice charitable attitude for sure.
open air gym - in this climate.... thanks for giving me the best laugh this week. I can just imagine how the locals will appreciate lycra clad folk prancing around the local greenery; all the posturing types with their bottled water and head bands... yep really will add to the ambience of the area. Just another place for the gym bores to showcase their talents. O agree with fletch, there are more pressing things to spend money on and, Notthatsworthknowing , let's hope you or yours never need social care facilities eh? Nice charitable attitude for sure. Kim Gandy

12:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

smiffy1980 says...

The concept is a good idea. The ones at priory park are pretty good and get there fair use. Local football teams use them as part of their training drills, as do local runners. So they will get use...........

The added bonus of it being free is also a good incentive for people to look after their wellbeing that little bit better and improve their overall health.
The concept is a good idea. The ones at priory park are pretty good and get there fair use. Local football teams use them as part of their training drills, as do local runners. So they will get use........... The added bonus of it being free is also a good incentive for people to look after their wellbeing that little bit better and improve their overall health. smiffy1980

12:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

alileigh says...

These are very common in Scandinavia and popular, despite the weather there! A good idea bearing in mind the issues this country is facing with obesity!
These are very common in Scandinavia and popular, despite the weather there! A good idea bearing in mind the issues this country is facing with obesity! alileigh

1:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

fletch12107 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
fletch12107 wrote:
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
Shut it we are sick of hearing about it
No can do.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.[/p][/quote]Shut it we are sick of hearing about it[/p][/quote]No can do. fletch12107

1:35pm Tue 14 Jan 14

fletch12107 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
fletch12107 wrote:
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
Shut it we are sick of hearing about it
Do one.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.[/p][/quote]Shut it we are sick of hearing about it[/p][/quote]Do one. fletch12107

2:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
open air gym - in this climate.... thanks for giving me the best laugh this week.

I can just imagine how the locals will appreciate lycra clad folk prancing around the local greenery; all the posturing types with their bottled water and head bands... yep really will add to the ambience of the area.

Just another place for the gym bores to showcase their talents.

O agree with fletch, there are more pressing things to spend money on and, Notthatsworthknowing

, let's hope you or yours never need social care facilities eh? Nice charitable attitude for sure.
people that would use this stuff regularly don't worry about a bit of cold, go out early Winter Sunday Mornings and the roads are full of Cyclists keeping fit, a bit of cold is no barrier, suck it and see for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: open air gym - in this climate.... thanks for giving me the best laugh this week. I can just imagine how the locals will appreciate lycra clad folk prancing around the local greenery; all the posturing types with their bottled water and head bands... yep really will add to the ambience of the area. Just another place for the gym bores to showcase their talents. O agree with fletch, there are more pressing things to spend money on and, Notthatsworthknowing , let's hope you or yours never need social care facilities eh? Nice charitable attitude for sure.[/p][/quote]people that would use this stuff regularly don't worry about a bit of cold, go out early Winter Sunday Mornings and the roads are full of Cyclists keeping fit, a bit of cold is no barrier, suck it and see for yourself. DogsMessInLeigh

7:28pm Tue 14 Jan 14

pupfish says...

fletch12107 wrote:
No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.
I would use it in any weather. Get out in the fresh air people - it's good for you!
[quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: No one will use it in the cold weather. Spend the money on keeping Priory House care and dementia home open.[/p][/quote]I would use it in any weather. Get out in the fresh air people - it's good for you! pupfish

11:17am Wed 15 Jan 14

BodyBuilder says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
open air gym - in this climate.... thanks for giving me the best laugh this week.

I can just imagine how the locals will appreciate lycra clad folk prancing around the local greenery; all the posturing types with their bottled water and head bands... yep really will add to the ambience of the area.

Just another place for the gym bores to showcase their talents.

O agree with fletch, there are more pressing things to spend money on and, Notthatsworthknowing

, let's hope you or yours never need social care facilities eh? Nice charitable attitude for sure.
Maybe if you went to the gym, you wouldn't be the fat old woman behind the computer screen.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: open air gym - in this climate.... thanks for giving me the best laugh this week. I can just imagine how the locals will appreciate lycra clad folk prancing around the local greenery; all the posturing types with their bottled water and head bands... yep really will add to the ambience of the area. Just another place for the gym bores to showcase their talents. O agree with fletch, there are more pressing things to spend money on and, Notthatsworthknowing , let's hope you or yours never need social care facilities eh? Nice charitable attitude for sure.[/p][/quote]Maybe if you went to the gym, you wouldn't be the fat old woman behind the computer screen. BodyBuilder

5:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Insult to say good for senior citizens to keep active - they are not the only ones likelt to be overweight. Bonchurch has a problem with vandals etc so not ideal
Insult to say good for senior citizens to keep active - they are not the only ones likelt to be overweight. Bonchurch has a problem with vandals etc so not ideal jolllyboy

5:07pm Wed 15 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Also I never knew there was one in Priory Park - many people dont buy papers now it is not only about southend and I for one dont keep looking at SBC website - boring.
Also I never knew there was one in Priory Park - many people dont buy papers now it is not only about southend and I for one dont keep looking at SBC website - boring. jolllyboy

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