Shock as Devon gymnastics club with 500 members is evicted to make way for housing developer


Honiton Gymnastics says it is in shock over an eviction order issued to it by Tesco. Tesco, which owns the building housing the club, directed Honiton to vacate the site this weekend.

The supermarket is planning to hand over the site to Taylor and Wimpy, a housing developer planning to build 150 homes at the site.

The club says it plans to leave the site on Monday.

According to James Reddy, one of the club’s board members, “We were given the notice to vacate on Thursday last week to vacate by Wednesday (yesterday) because we were told the sale was going through then.

“We tried to get an extension time as we’ve got £150,000 worth of gymnastics equipment and there was no way we could organise transport or storage for any of it.

“So I managed to get an extension until Friday, but I said that still wasn’t enough, and they’ve finally given us until Monday which gives us the weekend to get everyone together and get everything out here.”

The club has more than 500 members and has produced talents who played at national and international competitions.

The club is presently exploring ways to secure the future of the gym.

“At the moment obviously, we’re trying to find somewhere for the gymnastics club to go. We’ve got 500 plus members here that come every week from the ages of 0-22.

“We’ve got adult classes as well, but it’s finding somewhere for our competitive gymnasts to go first and carry on their training.

“We’ve got a gymnast competing at the British Championships this weekend and he had nowhere to train!

“We’re unsure what our next step is going to be.” James Reddy, one of the club’s board members said.

James is now urging for help to accommodate the gym.

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