Gym application for permanent ongoing use not recommended

A fitness studio at The Entrance is too loud, say residents, and they want Central Coast Council to refuse the gym’s latest application to operate.
The gym has operated for two years at shop 37, 2-6 Warrigal St, with yearly renewal applications required.
During that time, the F45 gym franchise took over the operation of the gym and they have applied to Council to grant permanent ongoing use.
Council has received many opposing submissions and staff recommended at the October 28 meeting that the proposal should not be supported.
Concerns include the noise and vibration impact because the gym is now focused on weight based exercises, contrary to the original approval of only cardio exercises.
Council says an acoustic report supplied by the gym provided only limited information and did not satisfy Council that there would be minimal environmental impact if the gym continued to operate.
There are 35 residential units above and at the rear of gym, mostly occupied by elderly residents.
Residents claim the gym opens earlier and on Sundays, which is not in accordance with approved operating hours, and even though it was approved only for cardio workouts, over time heavy exercise equipment and weights have been added and the thumping noise sends reverberations through the whole building.
This was confirmed when Council officers attended for a site inspection, saying that “vibration noise from the gym was heard within the basement car park” and consistent objections based on vibration caused by dropping weights are “reliable”.
Joe Hogan is the secretary of the Body Corporate and has lived there since 2011.
In Public Forum at Council’s meeting, he told Councillors that he has been an authorised officer of the Environment Protection Authority and State Pollution Control Committee to carry out noise assessments and has been part of an environmental assessment team in local government for more than 20 years.
“I want to reinforce that this complaint is real, not just a bunch of residents who are over reacting,” he said.
He said the building has severe limitations for this type of use and proper acoustic treatments are not in place.
“The residents are at their wit’s end,” he said.
Councillors decided to defer the matter, pending a site inspection

Source:
Meeting, Oct 28
Agenda item 2.1
Central Coast Council
Journalist, Sue Murray

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