Gosport’s cheerleading squad is applying for permission to hold toddler sessions

The Storm Cheerleading Squad, which is now based in Wingate Workspace, in Wingate Road, is applying to the council to apply for re-planning.

If approved, the proposal would see units 1 and 4 of the Wingate Workspace converted from industrial to recreational use.

In their planning statement, the petitioners said: ‘Storm Cheerleading is a community-led sports team and business that is going from strength to strength, teaching young athletes a variety of skills such as tumbling, jumping, dancing and gymnastics.

‘[It allows] them to acquire skills to be able to compete in national and international competitions.

‘Like all cheerleading programs Storm has specific building requirements due to the nature of the cheerleading sport with tumbling, tumbling, pyramids and flying the building must have a high ceiling and significant floor space.

‘It used to work out of Unit 8 Alphage Road, the ground floor was not enough for the amount of success and growth they saw as a project.

‘As well as our cheerleading classes which are held in the evenings we run Sit and Play sessions during the day.

‘This includes adults and babies/toddlers who come to our gym to use the space and play equipment in a safe environment. We do three sessions a day (except Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).’

The application received 26 letters of objection, raising issues related to parking.

Neighbor Natasha Harding said that since the opening of various leisure clubs in the industrial area traffic has been ‘a nightmare’.

He said: ‘People have almost collapsed many times. When parents take their kids to clubs they park on both sides of the road and don’t care about others.

‘A lot of times, pavements and grasses are raised and recently we had someone block our driveway.

‘There is not enough parking space for so many people coming. Even if this is approved there will be an ongoing problem.’

Council officials have recommended approval with the conditions. The application will be decided on December 7.

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