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Gym’s closure is stirring

The impending closure of Virgin Active Somerset West is causing a stir in the community.

Rumours started circulating about the gym’s closure on social media at the end of June, before members were notified about it early last month.

Locals, at first, took to Facebook in a bid to vent their frustration regarding the Gants Centre gymnasium’s imminent closure, their contracts, parking space and the capacity of nearby branches to accommodate the members of the Somerset West branch.

Since the move was confirmed, the gym has said it will upgrade the packages of members to premier packages so they are able to continue using the Virgin Active facilities at Waterstone Village or The Sanctuary shopping centres.

“Oh great,” said one gym user sarcastically. “Now more people can enjoy the total inconvenience of the parking under construction at Waterstone.

Said another frustrated Virgin Active gym member: “I am glad to see I am not the only person upset about the decision to close [the facility in Gants Centre]. How on earth will Waterstone Village and Sanctuary accommodate everyone from Gants Centre? I will also have to drive three times further.”

Another explained: “Trying to go to Waterstone Village at the moment is almost impossible, with all the construction work and the lack of parking. The timing is poor to be closing one of its branches while this is happening.”

Approached for comment, Virgin Active spokesperson Carla White confirmed the gym will officially close on Sunday 30 June. “The decision has not been taken lightly,” she said.

“We believe that even with extensive renovations, the club wouldn’t offer our members the high standard of facilities characteristic of our newer clubs.”

She failed to respond to DistrictMail’s question on the number of staff affected.

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