A GYM hit by a massive fire in December has been given a temporary reprieve in its new home.
No Limits Training was one of a number of properties destroyed in a fire at Fenton Barns.
Since then, Mary Anderson, who runs the business, has been operating in Macmerry, but East Lothian Council is investigating after a complaint of “alleged unauthorised operation” at the unit in the village’s industrial estate.
On Tuesday, she was relieved to say the Strongman-focused gym would remain open for another three months, having originally been told she would need to be out of the unit within 21 days.
Mary said: “I’ve got an extension of three months. I don’t really know what will happen beyond that.”
She told the Courier that newly-elected ward councillor Colin McGinn had stepped in to fight the gym’s corner and had proven instrumental in getting the extension.
Mary said the gym was “lucky” to get the premises in the village and described it as “ideal” due to its central location.
After the fire, dedicated weight and power lifters backed Mary, a multiple Strongwoman world record holder, with an auction night.
Local businesses and individuals donated a range of prizes and all funds raised went towards re-establishing the not-for-profit No Limits gym.
Mary said: “We lost pretty much everything in the fire apart from the odd piece of equipment.
“I had intended giving it all up and just training at the local sports centre, but so many people have rallied round it has been overwhelming.”
Douglas Proudfoot, head of service (development) at the council, said: “We have received a complaint of alleged unauthorised operation of a gym at Macmerry Industrial Estate and are investigating.
“Macmerry Industrial Estate is an established area of employment land defined as supporting business, general industrial and storage and distribution uses. The operation of a gym falls within assembly and leisure use, therefore a use of this type at Macmerry industrial Estate requires planning permission.”