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Ex-boxer’s gym plan to get island fighting fit
PLANS have been put forward to transform an empty high street shop into a new gym.
Budding entrepreneur Danny Morgan, 30, who lives in Hadleigh, has submitted plans to revamp the former DIY shop Fads, in Furtherwick Road, Canvey, into a new gym – two years after it closed its doors.
Mr Morgan, who boxed for Canvey Boxing Club when he was a teenager, is hoping to breathe new life into the town centre by turning the disused site into a new fitness suite, complete with a variety of weights, exercise machines and changing rooms.
The news comes weeks after the town saw the opening of a new music academy and bed store in Furtherwick Road.
He said: “I think it would be a good move for Canvey, especially since there is a lot of work going on at Waterside Leisure Centre at the moment.
“It would be a positive addition to the High Street, giving people the chance to get fit and healthy in the gym, rather than popping to the pub for a drink.
“Luckily there shouldn’t be too much work involved, just maybe give it a lick of paint, get all the gym equipment in there and it should look great.”
Previous plans to transform the two-storey shop into a nightclub, were withdrawn in February.
Venue Entertainments put forwards the proposals, which included a dance floor, outside seating area, and VIP lounge, but revoked them after Castle Point Council officers recommended them for refusal.
This was because the company had not provided a proper flood risk assessment.
Concerns were also raised about the disturbance a nightclub would cause to people living nearby.
Plans for the gym will be considered by the council’s development control committee in the next few months.
Mr Morgan said: “So far, everything seems to be going well, so hopefully the plans will be given the go-ahead.”
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