A new gym project costing £15,000 has been announced for Chingford Hall estate

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Linda Magill, front, with Valley ward councillor Jemma Hemsted, left, Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith and Arnett Square residents. Linda Magill, front, with Valley ward councillor Jemma Hemsted, left, Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith and Arnett Square residents.

A new outdoor gym on a Chingford estate will bring the community together, according to the woman who first pitched the idea.

Arnett Square resident, Linda Magill, suggested the gym last year after being impressed by the success of other outdoor gyms in the borough were.

This week councillors announced that after “very positive” feedback from residents, around £15,000 has been secured for the project in the square, which is part of Chingford Hall estate.

“I’m well chuffed,” Linda Magill said.

The Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme duty manager added:  “There are a lot of people who are overweight and want to get fit but can’t afford the gym and there was surplus money – instead of letting it sit there let’s put it back into the community.

“It will definitely bring the community together, 1,000 per cent, I don’t have any doubts.”

The 43-year-old mother-of-two, who is also part of the safer neighbourhood team, said the “great community” was ready for the development as the park already had the space to fit a gym.

She added: “The fantastic thing is that it’s open to all walks of life, it’s for everybody not just a specific group.”

Valley ward Conservative councillor Jemma Hemsted said: “We [Valley ward councillors] are very excited that Valley ward will soon have its very first outdoor gym and we hope that residents will soon be able to enjoy making use of the new facilities.”

Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith said: “This outdoor gym is a fantastic idea and the local councillors in this ward – Jemma Hemsted, Alan Siggers and Laurence Wedderburn – have clearly worked hard to get this result for residents. I look forward very much to seeing the end result in a few months’ time.”

The gym is expected to be ready for use by the end of spring.

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11:57am Fri 24 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

There is already a free 400 acre gym on their doorstep with fresh air, named, Epping Forest, walk through that daily and you will keep fit for sure.
There is already a free 400 acre gym on their doorstep with fresh air, named, Epping Forest, walk through that daily and you will keep fit for sure. Villagecranberry

3:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

GoodChingfordGirl says...

Firstly Epping Forest is not on our doorstep, its a good drive or a few bus rides away.
Secondly, this will not bring the community together. I live on this estate and was not consulted on this refurbishment otherwise I would have said this; The Square gets riddled with drug dealers and users in the summer in the seating area (where they are standing in the picture). Having a gym there will make it worse and living on the square will be even more unbareable... I live there and was already dreading my children going to the park this summer, now I'll be refusing point plank to let them play over there. Bad idea. The parks play areas need fixing anyway, the round a bout is lop sided and dangerous, the flooring on the ground is peeling up, there's broken glass and cigarette ends also on the floor, the apparatus are rusting horribly... come to think of it, I won't let my children over there full stop until thats all mended... let alone the gym being there....
Firstly Epping Forest is not on our doorstep, its a good drive or a few bus rides away. Secondly, this will not bring the community together. I live on this estate and was not consulted on this refurbishment otherwise I would have said this; The Square gets riddled with drug dealers and users in the summer in the seating area (where they are standing in the picture). Having a gym there will make it worse and living on the square will be even more unbareable... I live there and was already dreading my children going to the park this summer, now I'll be refusing point plank to let them play over there. Bad idea. The parks play areas need fixing anyway, the round a bout is lop sided and dangerous, the flooring on the ground is peeling up, there's broken glass and cigarette ends also on the floor, the apparatus are rusting horribly... come to think of it, I won't let my children over there full stop until thats all mended... let alone the gym being there.... GoodChingfordGirl

7:28am Sun 26 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

GoodChingfordGirl wrote:
Firstly Epping Forest is not on our doorstep, its a good drive or a few bus rides away.
Secondly, this will not bring the community together. I live on this estate and was not consulted on this refurbishment otherwise I would have said this; The Square gets riddled with drug dealers and users in the summer in the seating area (where they are standing in the picture). Having a gym there will make it worse and living on the square will be even more unbareable... I live there and was already dreading my children going to the park this summer, now I'll be refusing point plank to let them play over there. Bad idea. The parks play areas need fixing anyway, the round a bout is lop sided and dangerous, the flooring on the ground is peeling up, there's broken glass and cigarette ends also on the floor, the apparatus are rusting horribly... come to think of it, I won't let my children over there full stop until thats all mended... let alone the gym being there....
This is the trouble, they spend this money and it gets vandalised and abused.
Walking and cycling are great forms of exercise.

Sound like if they build this gym they need to gate it off with access by key only for members.
[quote][p][bold]GoodChingfordGirl[/bold] wrote: Firstly Epping Forest is not on our doorstep, its a good drive or a few bus rides away. Secondly, this will not bring the community together. I live on this estate and was not consulted on this refurbishment otherwise I would have said this; The Square gets riddled with drug dealers and users in the summer in the seating area (where they are standing in the picture). Having a gym there will make it worse and living on the square will be even more unbareable... I live there and was already dreading my children going to the park this summer, now I'll be refusing point plank to let them play over there. Bad idea. The parks play areas need fixing anyway, the round a bout is lop sided and dangerous, the flooring on the ground is peeling up, there's broken glass and cigarette ends also on the floor, the apparatus are rusting horribly... come to think of it, I won't let my children over there full stop until thats all mended... let alone the gym being there....[/p][/quote]This is the trouble, they spend this money and it gets vandalised and abused. Walking and cycling are great forms of exercise. Sound like if they build this gym they need to gate it off with access by key only for members. Villagecranberry

11:10am Fri 7 Feb 14

Lynpaul says...

I also live in Arnett square and have done for 14 years. I have over the years with several other parents cleaned the park of cigarette buts and glass, which is from parents/careers smoking and drinking in the park, I myself have not witnessed drug dealing in the park,although I have heard... If anyone sees this they should report it, this also goes for the equipment in the park, I don't have young children so I don't use the space like I use to, but I always called green spaces to report things that needed to be done.... And if not been satisfied with the out come I have got our local counsillor involved...
I am for the gym going in and will look forward to using it.
I also live in Arnett square and have done for 14 years. I have over the years with several other parents cleaned the park of cigarette buts and glass, which is from parents/careers smoking and drinking in the park, I myself have not witnessed drug dealing in the park,although I have heard... If anyone sees this they should report it, this also goes for the equipment in the park, I don't have young children so I don't use the space like I use to, but I always called green spaces to report things that needed to be done.... And if not been satisfied with the out come I have got our local counsillor involved... I am for the gym going in and will look forward to using it. Lynpaul

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