Payment in the Park
Posted by Cags R on 27 January 2012 at 12:00 PM
A recent article has drawn attention to the fact that many personal trainers and fitness instructors who operate their businesses in parks are asked to pay charges to the council.
Parks and common land have always been designed to encourage outdoor pursuits and activites but should we be paying for the privilege? If park lands are free to use for the public then should professionals be charged to run their businesses out of them?
There’s a great debate going on in the Training in the Park Tribe about whether we should pay to exercise on common community land. Andrew thinks it’s a ‘disgrace’ but Nick B has a more sympathetic ear to the new measures. Charges are already in place in many councils around the UK but what does this mean for people working in the personal fitness industry and for those who use their services?
Will paying for the use of land push the accessibility of exercise further out of reach for those who desperately need help to get motivated for fitness? Personal trainers aren’t for everyone but their services help to promote activeness in a society which is possibly a little too fond of the sofa!
Join in the debate and have your say!
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