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FOI 8475

Commercial Fitness

Request

Can you provide the following information regarding charges to fitness instructors or boot camps for using the open parks and green spaces within your boroughs:

1) Do you currently have a scheme which charges fitness instructors to use your parks for business?

2) Is your local authority considering charging fitness instructors to use your parks?

3) Under what legislation, regulation, authority do you charge?

4) Under what legislation, regulation, authority will you charge?

5) What groups of people do you/will you charge? What businesses, eg. Dog walkers, child minders?

6) What is your fee structure?

7) What is the position in relation to insurance?

8) Who pays for the insurance?

9) Who will deal with claims of injury caused within the parks

10) Have you had any related claims for injuries in your parks

11) Will/does the fitness instructor have to have some kind of qualification to be able to use your parks?

12) What qualifications will they have to prove to join the scheme?

13) Do you provide equipment to enable the fitness trainer to carry out the training eg. Tyres, rope etc?

14) What equipment is provided?

15) Who pays for the equipment?

16) How is the scheme enforced?

17) Who enforces the scheme?

18) What is the money that is obtained from charging then used for?

19) Have complaints been received by residents in the areas of the parks?

20) Please can you provide a copy of the contract/licence.

Response

Dear Sumayya Rawat,
Freedom of Information Request ref 8475 regarding Commercial Fitness classes in parks
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request as detailed below; I have responded to your questions below:

1) Do you currently have a scheme which charges fitness instructors to use your parks for business? Yes, if Fitness instructors wish to hold boot camp, commercial classes taking a fee, then they would need to apply to the Council, complete and application form and agree terms and conditions. The application is first looked at to ensure does not clash with other sport bookings etc, the decision for whether the applicants request is granted is made by Elected Members under delegated authority from the Community Panel, therefore any applications are sent to Chair of the Panel, Head of Street Scene and to appropriate ward members.

2) Is your local authority considering charging fitness instructors to use your parks? There are charges in place.

3) Under what legislation, regulation, authority do you charge? Delegated authority from Elected Members of the Council

4) Under what legislation, regulation, authority will you charge? As above

5) What groups of people do you/will you charge? What businesses, eg. Dog walkers, child minders? Only would charge Instructors giving group classes and taking a fee from their participants. No charges for dog walkers, child minders etc.

6) What is your fee structure? Single one off Keep fit sessions £30.00 + VAT or if regular classes can pay £150 (which would allow one class per week on open spaces)

7) What is the position in relation to insurance? The applicant would have to provide the third party liability insurance

8) Who pays for the insurance? The applicant

9) Who will deal with claims of injury caused within the parks - If accident due to class it would be down to the applicant running the class

10) Have you had any related claims for injuries in your parks No

11) Will/does the fitness instructor have to have some kind of qualification to be able to use your parks? Yes – they would need to have relevant Fitness qualifications, and proof of this is required.

12) What qualifications will they have to prove to join the scheme? To run classes they would need relevant fitness qualifications

13) Do you provide equipment to enable the fitness trainer to carry out the training eg. Tyres, rope etc? No

14) What equipment is provided? No equipment provided by Council – Applicant may bring in bands, small weights etc

15) Who pays for the equipment? N/A

16) How is the scheme enforced? If an Applicant given permission they would have a letter from Council giving permission, if they do not have this it mean they do not have permission and would be advised on procedure and asked to stop etc.

17) Who enforces the scheme? Would be by staff working in the park area’s if they challenged a bootcamp etc

18) What is the money that is obtained from charging then used for? No money has yet been received as had no applicants to run classes, however the money would be ring fenced to use in the park if the class was held in King Georges Park.

19) Have complaints been received by residents in the areas of the parks? No

20) Please can you provide a copy of the contract/license No contracts given out so not applicable