Councils disagree over location for outdoor gym

PUBLISHED: 12:09 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:42 19 June 2019

Shelfanger Road Sports Ground, which is owned by Diss Town Council. Picture: Simon Parkin

Shelfanger Road Sports Ground, which is owned by Diss Town Council. Picture: Simon Parkin


Where new outdoor gym equipment should be sited has seen Diss and Roydon councils fail to agree on a suitable location.

Roydon Parish Council is looking for a permanent home for the nine pieces of equipment that have been bought with its £20,000 share of funding from developers earmarked for improvements to recreation facilities.

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The council's last meeting decided that having listened to resident opinions a previously agreed site behind the village recycling centre was no longer an option.

With alternatives off Old High Road and the Long Meadow recreation area also ruled out, the council had suggested putting the gym on the Shelfanger Road Sports Ground, owned by Diss Town Council.

However the town council has now refused permission over concerns about who would be responsible for its upkeep.

Diss Town Council leader Simon Olander said: "I can see what will happen it will end up back at our door and our maintenance team will have to take responsibility for it. If there is any place for this equipment, we need to agree for it to be in a mutually acceptable place."

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