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Weight off gym-goers' minds as Fort closure delayed

Weight off gym-goers' minds as Fort closure delayed

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Weight off gym-goers' minds as Fort closure delayed

Tuesday 30 August 2022


Gym-users at the Fort will be able to stay until at least the end of the year before they have to move out - and the Playzone will also be staying open longer than first thought.

Both the gym, in the far north of the waved roof, and the soft play area, were due to close next month as part of a wider plan to redevelop the Regency fortification as a “cultural and leisure destination”.

Part of that proposal, which could include a winter garden, hotel, large arena, cinema, bowling alley and casino, involves finding new homes for its current sporting and leisure occupants.

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Pictured: There are no "immediate" plans to close the Fort play area, the Government said.

Replacing the Active gym is an enlarged workout area at Springfield Stadium; however, its opening has been delayed.

A Government spokesperson said: “Due to delays with the construction of the new Active gym at Springfield, the opening of the facility will unfortunately be later in the year than originally expected.

“We will advise Active customers of the new re-opening date as soon as it is confirmed, but we expect the work will take at least a further three months to complete. We apologise for the delay and thank customers for their patience.”

The spokesperson added that the soft play area would stay open for now.

He said: “It had originally been anticipated that the Playzone would close at the same time as Fort Regent’s Active gym.

“We are now looking for resources to keep the Playzone open while alternative facilities for soft play are considered. 

“There are no immediate plans to close the Playzone.”

Active members can also use the gym and swimming pool at Les Quennevais.

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Posted by Salman Zaman on
Please, please can this whole project be shelved.
Along with so many other decisions taken by the previous regime, this was wrong and the consequences, not fully thought out.
The current gym is spacious and very heavily used by all age groups, including a very large number of senior citizens like my self. The venue and facilities are extremely good and the move to Springfield represents a marked deterioration in standards, including more restricted access, space and parking.
Lots of us will give up our gym membership if this retrogressive step is allowed to go through.
Fort Regent is used by so many others as well and the States should not impose worsening standards on Islanders, who have already endured so much, with perhaps worse to come. Our physical and mental health is being put at risk.
Posted by Private Individual on
Fort Regent has been passed by the states of jersey as P181 to be developed into a sporting center of excellence.

Why is it now being ignored and the building being handed over to private developers?

It should stay as a sports center as agreed and passed by the government in 1999.
Posted by Salman Zaman on
Please, please can this whole project be shelved.
Along with so many other decisions taken by the previous regime, this was wrong and the consequences, not fully thought out.
The current gym is spacious and very heavily used by all age groups, including a very large number of senior citizens like my self. The venue and facilities are extremely good and the move to Springfield represents a marked deterioration in standards, including more restricted access, space and parking.
Lots of us will give up our gym membership if this retrogressive step is allowed to go through.
Fort Regent is used by so many others as well and the States should not impose worsening standards on Islanders, who have already endured so much, with perhaps worse to come. Our physical and mental health is being put at risk.
Posted by Private Individual on
It is a disgrace that the fort is being closed when it is constantly being used by various sections of our community. It should be stopped completely and a full investigation as to why Hugh Raymond was allowed to close it in the middle of a pandemic without a state's debate.
Posted by JonathanLe Gresley12 on
It should never be closed, far too few things for ordinary hard working people to do in the Island nowadays as it is. Making Springfield etc slightly bigger isn't going to help at all. Rejuvenate the fort to what it was like in the 80's and 90's. The Government of Jersey should listen to real people not consultants and accountants who don't care about the people.
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