New boxing club hopes to be a big hit in Weymouth

New boxing club hopes to be a big hit in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:29am 21st April 2020.

A boxing club and gym has been approved for a Weymouth street close to the seafront.

The proposal has been welcomed by the town’s Civic Society which says it is a better option than demolition and building new homes on the site.

The run down workshop and store, on the corner of Queen Street and Stanley Street, has just under 100 square metres of useable space with parking for four cars.

The application to change the use of the building has been granted by Dorset Council to Kelly Robinson and Laura Mosedale, trading as KN Boxing & Fitness.

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A welcome for the proposal came at the outset from ward councillor Jon Orrell with customer Maureen McAndrew writing in support of the application:

"Having attended Kelly’s fitness classes at various times over the years, I know how professional she is.

"Her ethos is very much that mental health at for all ages makes for a good society. I am confident that this gym in such a central location will be an asset to Weymouth."

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Details with the consent papers says that the business should support two full-time jobs with the gym open throughout the week from 7am until 9pm once the conversion work has taken place.

Externally the building will look similar to how it does now with the boxing area on the ground floor with a fitness studio above.

The proposal says:

"The target audience will be a wide range of people including adults and children.

"We would like to create a boxing gym with a difference that offers a wide range of classes that does not involve contact but is more focused on the fitness training involved which can really improve physical fitness and mental well-being.

"We hope to create a warm and friendly gym that will be a great addition to the community offering something for everyone."

The site had been the subject of previous applications for conversion to houses or flats, but none were approved.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter