Gym boss will continue despite council action

Angry members of the gym earlier this month
Angry members of the gym earlier this month

The boss of a popular gym has vowed to continue her business despite being told to stop operating from its base in Rothwell.

Samantha Burton has been ordered to shut down her 200-member Rylos Fitness Studio in The Avenue following a meeting of Kettering Council on Tuesday night.

Members of the planning committee backed officers’ calls to close the studio because of the disturbance to people living nearby.

The council received complaints from neighbours that the gym classes were too noisy and caused vibrations to their homes.

But Ms Burton has pledged to continue her business at other locations in the region.

She has set up classes at Rushton Village Hall and is carrying on her mobile massage services.

She hopes in the long-run she will find another permanent home for her business to stay.

Yesterday, she said: “I’m really cheesed off with everything which has happened.

“I feel let down because I thought I had the support of the planning authority to set up the studio.”

The fitness studio started life in the former factory in The Avenue last year. It attracted more than 200 members – but had no planning permission for the operations.

A planning application for the change of use of the building was submitted last month.

Ms Burton said: “I may have closed the site but I’m still continuing the business.

“I just feel sorry for all those people in Rothwell who cannot drive and get to my classes any more. It’s very disappointing for everyone involved.”

In a report presented at Tuesday night’s planning committee, council planning officer Alan Davies called for enforcement action following a visit by a development officer on March 13.

The report said: “The disturbance experienced was akin to workmen demolishing walls in the adjoining building.”

Councillors agreed and the enforcement action was authorised.