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Gym Expansion Works

As reported below on 13th December 2004, the gym is now undergoing an expansion into the neighbouring building which used to house Priory Quality Meats. Work is now underway with a lead time to completion being the end of April 2005.

Yesterday also saw the delivery of new gym equipment, namely a treadmill, pec dec, chest press and ham tractor (leg curl) machine. The treadmill will be installed on Saturday to replace one of the existing treadmills. The rest of the equipment will be in place once the building works have finished. At this point we will also be installing loads more cardio and weights equipment

Titan Store upgraded

Even though the Titan Store has not been officially opened yet, the whole look and feel of it has been upgraded. Now with much improved ordering abilities, and a more user-friendly menu system, the new look of the Titan Store is a massive improvement to the site. Work is also currently underway testing out the online transactions, which means that in a few weeks the Titan Store will be online and open for business!

New Website Nearly Completed!

The upgraded website is nearly complete! With many new features and an online store coming very soon, this new site looks better, works better and has a lot more information! Please, take a good look around, try everything, click everything! Beta testing is hard on my own, so I would really appreciate it if you could send me feedback if you find any problems, want to see something that we dont already have, or just to tell me how great the site is!

Local Regeneration

It has been rumoured that the group of properties housing the gym will be pulled down as part of the Local Council regeneration. Yesterday afternoon I had a 45 minute meeting with Mr James Hurley from the Planning and Economic Development Department of the Council. I wanted to know the following: bullet What are the regeneration plans for Church Road...
  • What buildings will be effected.
  • What is the timescale for these plans.
  • If The Council want to purchase a particular property and the owner refuses to sell, will they then enforce a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).
  • If a CPO is issued on a property, how much money will be paid to the owner.
  • What will happen to any existing businesses within a property that is due to be bought and demolished by The Council.

 During my discussion with Mr Hurley the following points were brought up:
  • Regeneration plans are definitely underway and The Council has access to large amounts of money from a range of sources including European and Central Government sources to regenerate the Church Road Corridor.
  • Regeneration has already started with the acquisition and demolition of the properties opposite the gym. The Abakhan properties are also due to be demolished and the whole area opposite the gym is to be sold to a developer with the view to building a mini business park similar to the recent regeneration in neighbouring Rock Ferry. The idea behind this is businesses in other parts of Church Road can then be re-housed here without closing or causing any disruption. This means that the regeneration plans won't drive any businesses out of the area or force them to close.
  • Funding is made available in stages and at the moment The Council only has funding for the demolition of the Abakhan properties. That said, development on this land will definitely take place as will further regeneration of The Church Road Corridor. As such, a time scale cannot be put on these developments at the moment.
  • With regards to the properties housing the gym being demolished and the gym being forced to move, this is a possibility in the future, but not before other regeneration on the top of Church Road has been done first. Mr Hurley explained that this may well be a possibility in the future, but there is no realistic way this could possibly happen within the next two years.
  • If the gym is forced to move it will be re-housed in a better property in the mini business park across the road, resulting in zero business down time and minimal disruption.
  • Any properties purchased by The Council will be subject to valuation by a valuer of the owner's choice and paid for by The Council. The Council will then pay full market value for the property. bullet It is not The Council's aim to Compulsory Purchase any properties. They would rather the property owner co-operate with their plans. If a property owner refuses to sell a property wanted by The Council, the The Council will try and persuade him/her of the benefits of selling a moving business.

It was a concern of mine before this meeting that the gym will be forced to close or move soon after I had invested £40k on the aerobics hall and a further £20k on the work below due to start in the new year. I went into the meeting with the view that there was no way I wanted the gym to close or move, as this would be unfair on members, plus I'd be losing the best part of £60k (more money than I wasted on my last girlfriend!). However, as mentioned above, if the gym was forced to move, it would only be across the road, wouldn't be for at least another 2 years, it would be re-housed in a better, brand new and more modern property, and any money spent on buildings work underway on the existing gym would put value on these properties, meaning the money would be recouped if the properties housing the gym were acquired and demolished by The Council.

 So to conclude, there is no way the gym will be forced to close.

Titans Gym Ltd.

3 - 5 Thomas Street
Birkenhead
CH41 5DD

0151 647 7870

Monday to Friday
7am to 9pm

Saturday & Sunday
10am to 4pm

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