Bayswater council approves new gym for Beaufort Street, Bedford

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BAYSWATER Council has approved a proposed gym at a vacant site in Bedford, which will be the latest addition to a “health and exercise precinct”.

The council passed a proposed change of use to health studio and associated alterations at Lots 976-978, 1062-1066 Beaufort Street, 10-2 – with Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish and Councillor Sally Palmer opposed to the motion – at the March 13 committee meeting.

Applicant Mel Dragon will be opening a 12RND (round) Fitness branch, which is part of a complex with six individual tenancies of shop, restaurant and office uses with frontage to Beaufort Street.

The opening hours are from 6am to 10am, Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm from Monday to Thursday and 6am to 11am on Saturday.

Cr Barry McKenna’s amendment to authorise planning and development services director Des Abel to vary the opening hours by up to one hour, in consultation with the applicant, was supported.

According to an officer’s report, one public submission was received, which expressed concerns over lack of parking onsite and the impact on other businesses’ parking spots during the gym’s operating hours.

Ms Dragon said her gym would not run any classes so parking availability would not be impacted by an influx of members.

“The business behind us has closed and moved away (and) the tattoo shop next door has also temporarily closed,” she said.

“We are really excited to become part of the Bedford community.

“We are hoping to bring a fresh and positive vibe back to the area.”

Ms Dragon said she aimed to help local schools and sporting clubs in the area by donating vouchers and prize packages.

She said her members had requested an earlier opening time of 5am or 5.30am.

Cr Cornish said although he supported the gym, he preferred a 5.30am start instead of 5am, which would result in staff entering the gym before 5am.

Cr Lorna Clarke said the gym was needed as some shops have been empty “on-and-off” for too long.

“It is quite nice that it starts to build a bit of a health and exercise precinct,” she said.