Haverhill Gymnastics sets sights on new premises

Kevin Woolcott in the gym ANL-140815-124635001
Kevin Woolcott in the gym ANL-140815-124635001

One of Haverhill’s biggest sports clubs has its eye on a move to a new, specially designed, facility.

Haverhill Gymnastics has submitted a planning application to St Edmundsbury borough council’s planning department to gain change of use on a commercial unit in Hollands Road.

Kevin Woolcott, chairman of Haverhill Gymnastics, is hopeful that, if the application is successful, the club will be able to offer better services.

There are currently 260 members of the club, with a waiting list of about 400. Mr Woolcott hopes that the larger premises will be able to help them wipe out this waiting list and provide facilities for up to 800 members.

“It’s early days yet,” said Mr Woolcott. “I’d like to think there’s no problem, but it’s in the hands of the planning committee.

“The demand is so high, I’m really hopeful we can move on from here.”

The process of planning will take between eight and 12 weeks and it is estimated a further three to four weeks of work to set the new gym up.

It is hoped the new building will include a large main hall and a smaller hall to the side which will opened up as training space, as well as a main entrance with a reception and male and female WCs.

Details of the application will soon be posted online, and members of the public are asked to show their support. Updates will be posted on the group’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HGC12