We have received the following info from a resident of Havelock Road:

“I recently found out about the potential closure of the Virgin Active on North Road due to the fact that the council wish to take back the land for yet another housing development. This gym is used by many families in the area for swimming. Please could you share this petition – https://www.change.org/p/merton-council-keep-our-local-family-gym

Apparently, Virgin Active have told Merton Council they no longer wish to renew their lease on this land, which is why a change of use is under consideration.

Virgin Active has been revamping its portfolio of gyms since a controlling stake was taken in the company last year by the Brait group.