Pole dancing on Uckfield estate

The Bellbrook Business Park is set to get an influx of female fitness enthusiasts if a scheme to convert an empty unit on the Riverside site is approved by planners.

Louise Stillman runs Pole Fit Personal Training from Crockstead, but an application has been lodged with Wealden District Council to convert a unit on the Bellbrook Estate into a gym and fitness centre.

There are no external alterations and the building would be used exclusively for exercise and personal training.

Graham Robinson, from Automatic Test Services, Riverside, fears change of use could cause parking problems as there are limited spaces available for each unit. He says as soon as visitors to the studio exceed the available parking for that unit they would then start using the spaces allocated for other units.

However most comments are in favour of the scheme. Many of Louise’s existing clients live in and around Uckfield and say this would make it a shorter journey as well as bring additional business into the town. One says: “I think this is a superb idea. Classes are great for overall body strength and fitness and the owner is professional and a superb teacher.” Another says this is the highlight of her week.

Louise has been a personal trainer since 2005. She says: “You think you could never climb the pole let alone fling yourself upside down. But our classes are designed with progression in mind so your body is strong enough for the next step.” She plans half-hour exercise sessions for working people who only have time in their lunch breaks.