Say no to B&NES charging high fees to use public parks for organised exercise

Say no to B&NES charging high fees to use public parks for organised exercise

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Jenny Drew started this petition to Bath and North East Somerset Council

Our green open spaces in B&NES are areas to be proud of, we need to model and demonstrate our encouragement for them to be used to help those reignite a healthy, happy and active lifestyle. Children should be able to see adults enjoying the outdoors and adults should see their peers using the spaces we support with our tax being used for their best purpose. With the fees that have been introduced for organised exercise, they will be unaffordable for this purpose.

 


In a society that has essentially stood still, people are suffering both physically, emotionally, socially and economically. Many people have found themselves furloughed and unable to participate in the economy actively. In order to kick start active spending and economic growth it is prudent to allow some flexibility.

 


We appeal to B&NES to reduce fees, in order to enable the self employed to rebuild their client base and be able to run outdoor exercise classes. Following a period of non earning, the upfront expenses associated with restarting a business and potentially having to build a client base from scratch is unaffordable.

 


It must be also considered that the costs to the business will either have to come out of the pockets of the business owners or transferred to the customer. Many customers will have faced hardship during this period and thus will not be able to afford an increased class price.

 


For many, an outdoor group exercise class will be the only social and physical activity they feel safe doing following months of stay at home advice. These classes are essential to the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of our society, and as we learned throughout lockdown, the physically active and fit are those who suffer the least. We must do our upmost to encourage, not discourage this.

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