Town centre gym set to relocate

Barrett’s Health and Fitness, based off High Street, Dereham, will be relocating out of town. Pictur

Barrett’s Health and Fitness, based off High Street, Dereham, will be relocating out of town. Pictured is the owner Graham Barrett. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP - Credit: Archant

While residents await the opening of a new fitness club in Dereham's town centre, a long-standing gym is preparing to relocate to its outskirts.

Barrett’s Health and Fitness, based off High Street, Dereham, will be relocating out of town. Pictur

Barrett’s Health and Fitness, based off High Street, Dereham, will be relocating out of town. Pictured is the owner Graham Barrett. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP - Credit: Archant

The move is a "complete coincidence" though, as the owner of Barrett's Health and Fitness, based off High Street, explained.

Graham Barrett, 40, of Scarning, said he had always planned to stay in the centre of town but, due to rising rents and inadequate space to progress, he had to consider moving.

"We have worked too hard and invested too much money plus time to just close down," he said.

Mr Barrett has worked at the gym since leaving school in the 1990s and took over its running 10 years ago.

Breckland Council gave planning permission back in May this year to convert an empty unit on Royson Way, off Kingston Road, into a gym.

Barrett's will be reopening its doors at the new premises on November 1 - a month after Nathan Gostling is set to open a health and fitness club in the former Chattels building in Norwich Street.