Posted: Tue 20th Sep 2022

Caravan storage site could be transformed into gym to train Olympic weightlifters

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2022

A Rhuddlan static caravan storage site could soon be converted into a gym training future Olympians. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Alex Mooney, of Hillside, St Asaph, has applied to Denbighshire County Council to convert the Old Water Works, Unit 3 on Abergele Road, into a gym. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Rhuddlan Town Council has no objections to the plans. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In his supporting statement to Denbighshire’s planning department, Mr Mooney of St Asaph-based Paragon Fitness explained his reasons for wanting to convert the site for leisure. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Fitness HQ(NW) Ltd, trading as Paragon Fitness, has been operating in St Asaph, Denbighshire, since 2017, providing fitness and health and wellbeing services to the local community,” he wrote. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We have grown over the past years and now need to relocate to larger, more suitable premises in Rhuddlan. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The new premises is not only more suitable in size and design but it’s further from residential properties, which reduces the possibility of noise complaints. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“It has ample off-street parking, whichreduces the requirement for our patrons’ parking on Lower Denbigh Road, therefore reducing congestion on the main road. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We have also taken the decision to move to a class-based gym which removes the numbers of vehicles entering and exiting the premises throughout the day.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

If given the go-ahead, the gym will open 6 am – 9 pm Monday to Friday and 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Sundays – and will also offer Olympic weightlifting courses. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The weekend times would not necessarily mean the gym is open to members of the public until 5 pm as we are also running Olympic ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Weightlifting courses and closed training sessions for athletes on behalf of Weightlifting Wales, athletes from aged 14 years who aim to represent the country in the Commonwealth and Olympic games. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We are also providing British Weightlifting courses, which are both classroom and gym-based courses to qualify people to train weightlifting for Weightlifting Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“These courses run Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm as students are only able to attend weekend courses, due to full-time work commitments.”
The planning application will be debated at a future Denbighshire County Council planning committee meeting. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

By Richard Evans – Local Democracy Reporter ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​


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