New store plan for Total Fitness set to be agreed

Warrington Guardian: New store plan for Total Fitness set to be agreed New store plan for Total Fitness set to be agreed

PLANS to turn the former Total Fitness gym into a DIY store will be heard by councillors on Thursday.

Developer Rob Foden is looking to convert the Winwick Road gym, which closed controversially last year, into a Range store.

The application will be discussed by members of the council’s development management committee at 6.30pm after it was deferred three weeks ago to allow Mr Foden to serve notice on people interested in the site.

Council bosses have recommended the application be approved but say new traffic lights, proper parking will be needed and they want to make sure jobs go to people living nearby.

The shop is expected to provide around 120 jobs, the equivalent of 72 full time posts.

There has been no complaints from residents or neighbours, despite the application being outside what would normally be agreed - because special reasons are needed to open out of town stores.

A spokesman said: “It is considered that overriding weight should be attached to the material factors of job creation and the prevention of the long term vacancy arising near a main road corridor.”

The gym closed in September.

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10:47am Tue 22 Jan 13

annie1275 says...

Not got a problem with new Jobs,That's great. But new traffic lights on top of the ones already near the college which takes forever and a day to get through.I would watch this space as to whether the jobs go to people nearby?
Not got a problem with new Jobs,That's great. But new traffic lights on top of the ones already near the college which takes forever and a day to get through.I would watch this space as to whether the jobs go to people nearby? annie1275

12:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

old-codger says...

Whoever plans these traffic light installations obviously doesnt drive, Winwick road/ long lane is another nightmare that we can do without, The lights near the college cause tailbacks to long lane because they are not in sync.

I hope the jobs do go to local people and not to some cheap imports from europe. Thats not racist, Thats a fact. The dole queue in this town needs to be reduced before offering work to outsiders.
Whoever plans these traffic light installations obviously doesnt drive, Winwick road/ long lane is another nightmare that we can do without, The lights near the college cause tailbacks to long lane because they are not in sync. I hope the jobs do go to local people and not to some cheap imports from europe. Thats not racist, Thats a fact. The dole queue in this town needs to be reduced before offering work to outsiders. old-codger

1:08pm Tue 22 Jan 13

SAC_in_Warrington says...

I think that Mr. Foden is a Warrington man and will have Warrington residents in his plans, however if they don't want to work for the pay or the number of hours that will be offered then our European neighbours will in all probability jump at this opportunity. Though. time will tell I'm sure.
I think that Mr. Foden is a Warrington man and will have Warrington residents in his plans, however if they don't want to work for the pay or the number of hours that will be offered then our European neighbours will in all probability jump at this opportunity. Though. time will tell I'm sure. SAC_in_Warrington

3:06pm Tue 22 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

The alternative would be NOT to have new lights on Winwick Road BUT utilise the access point on Kerfoot Street where the McD entrance is. Winwick Road could remain a northbound only entrance/exit.
The alternative would be NOT to have new lights on Winwick Road BUT utilise the access point on Kerfoot Street where the McD entrance is. Winwick Road could remain a northbound only entrance/exit. MikeJT

4:44pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Nick Tessla says...

The labour council can hardly object to a retail development at a former gym on Winwick Road, when they are holding secret talks with a developer who wants to develop a retail business on the former leisure centre just up the road.
The labour council can hardly object to a retail development at a former gym on Winwick Road, when they are holding secret talks with a developer who wants to develop a retail business on the former leisure centre just up the road. Nick Tessla

11:28pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Mikeywire says...

Another large DIY store in between Wickes and B+Q..? I've never been to a Range what does it offer that these two don't?
Another large DIY store in between Wickes and B+Q..? I've never been to a Range what does it offer that these two don't? Mikeywire

7:48am Wed 23 Jan 13

Nick Tessla says...

Mikeywire wrote:
Another large DIY store in between Wickes and B+Q..? I've never been to a Range what does it offer that these two don't?
Roaming deer and antelope - and very seldom a discouraging word



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[quote][p][bold]Mikeywire[/bold] wrote: Another large DIY store in between Wickes and B+Q..? I've never been to a Range what does it offer that these two don't?[/p][/quote]Roaming deer and antelope - and very seldom a discouraging word ;-) Nick Tessla

3:51pm Wed 23 Jan 13

wheredougetureinfo? says...

How could anyone object to replacing a run down, bust gym with a new store that offers more than b & q. I often travel to the one in Wigan and its a **** sight cheaper for a start! What needs objecting to is the whole planning system.. its outdated, inept and run by people who havent a clue in the real world. JOBS! its the key word here.. whoever takes them is up to the individuals the employer and job centre personel not Mr Foden. its a no brainer of a decison in my opinion.. dragged out as usual to keep councillors in jobs and extract more fees.
How could anyone object to replacing a run down, bust gym with a new store that offers more than b & q. I often travel to the one in Wigan and its a **** sight cheaper for a start! What needs objecting to is the whole planning system.. its outdated, inept and run by people who havent a clue in the real world. JOBS! its the key word here.. whoever takes them is up to the individuals the employer and job centre personel not Mr Foden. its a no brainer of a decison in my opinion.. dragged out as usual to keep councillors in jobs and extract more fees. wheredougetureinfo?

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