URGENT – Change of Use Gym – Decision

Hi All,

I suspect that most you will now be aware that yesterday afternoon we discovered that the landlord of the Virgin Active gym “Withdrew” their Change of Use Application, which for many residents and users of the leisure facility will be highly welcomed news!

I wish to extend our gratitude to all of the residents who joined us for the photoshoot on Saturday, as all present did their level best to maintain social distancing whilst posing for the camera, and for your fantastic efforts during the last week.

A huge thank you too to the members of the RPRA who threw themselves into a range of urgent actions to support our friends and neighbours, and to Howard Berlin and Paul Canal – Redbridge Borough councillors who were tremendously supportive and gave us highly valuable expert advice.

Lastly, we wish to thank the many members of the gym and our residents’ families and friends who also rallied around and provided their voices and endeavours to this cause.

Thank you again to you all – a great community effort.

I spoke at great length to the Property Manager of Virgin Active on Monday who was emphatic that they wish to open for business as soon as they are allowed to, and I also discussed the possibility of providing residents with membership opportunities.

She assured me that she would be pleased to enter into further discussions once the furlough/lock down period ends.

Of course, we do not know at this stage whether we may have other similar challenges ahead regarding the gym usage, but for now at least, we can step back from this issue and hope that we will be able to use the Virgin facilities again very soon.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

Paul Jacobs


Repton Park Residents Association



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