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Gym members call for replacement as La Roche faces closure

Gym members call for replacement as La Roche faces closure

James Preston

Gym members call for replacement as La Roche faces closure
La Roche gym

Members of a popular gym in Maidenhead have called for a replacement if it closes as part of the Chapel Arches development.

La Roche, in Crown Lane, could be demolished as part of the £100m project from the Shanly Group, with work beginning as early as 2015 if full plans are given the go-ahead.

Members have called on Shanly to include provision for a new gym as part of the development, with regulars saying there are limited options for fitness fans in the town centre.

Douglas Watts, who joined five years ago, said: "It's like our community.

"It's small, compact and it's very friendly and it's what a lot of people like."

Helen Kent, who runs a circuits class at the business, added: "We'd like to see a small, friendly gym built."

In a November letter addressed to members, a spokesman for the Shanly Group said the company did not see any reason why a gym should not be included in the project plans, but the use of commercial space in the proposals will be determined following viability assessments nearer the time of construction.

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