RESIDENTS living behind a Canning Vale gym say they are disappointed by a council decision to approve its extended operating hours.
City of Gosnells amended Roar Fitness 24/7’s licence to allow for extra early morning and night classes.
It now has approval to operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week, with the exception of Olympic weightlifting, cross-fit activities and group classes which include amplified music and/or tuition.
Those classes are restricted to 6am-7:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 1pm on Sundays and public holidays.
Resident Philomena Starling said she was annoyed by the council’s decision.
“We have always acknowledged that Roar Fitness were working hard and we’ve seen improvements they have carried out, but it still hasn’t addressed the issue of loud music at 6am,” she said.“None of this would have happened if Roar Fitness had done their due diligence initially, they would have known there was no approval for a 24 hour gym.”
After the City began to receive complaints about the gym’s operating hours and noise in 2016, the City discovered the gym had breached its approval by operating 24/7.
At a council meeting on October 24, the City approved the gym to operate 24/7, with the exception of the aforementioned classes, which were initially restricted to 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday prior to last week’s council meeting.
Mrs Starling’s husband Nick said they felt the initial opening hours had been a fair compromise.
“We thought that was fair, but a 6am start brings no real improvement to us,” he said.
The pair admitted they had positive conversations with Roar Fitness after the second council decision and had noticed recent improvements in the noise level, but were unsure of how long they would last.
“We have noticed a drop off in noise relating to weights and improvement in music, but it could be better,” Mrs Starling said.
“Time will tell. Trust them at their word, that’s all we can do,” Mr Starling said.
The Comment News contacted Roar Fitness for comment.