A one-time furniture store which has been out of use for some years could see a new lease of life as a fitness training studio, under plans currently out for consultation with neighbours.

The upper floor storage area at 56 Kenneth Street is currently used as a charity store area and is owned by D R Macleod, who have this week loaned the space, opposite Lodge Fortrose on Kenneth Street, to the Blythswood Shoebox appeal for their annual collection.

Under the plans, the extensive space above the Castle View Dental Practice, which has in recent years seen use as the office area for HebCelt and for charity storage, would be converted to a fitness studio with spaces for weights training, cross-training and a personal training studio, as well as changing rooms and showers.

Consultation notices were issued to neighbouring properties last week (Friday 16 October) with consultation closing by 30 October and the deadline for a determination by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s planning department in mid-December.

The applicant is Jack Renfrew of GetJacked Health and Fitness, who has been running a well-supported fitness training business for two years, initially from Tong Hall and now from the former Wellbeing Centre at Stornoway Golf Club.

Jack said: “The ambition for going into a new, purpose-built space in town is that it’s a good central location and a large space where I can encourage more people to exercise and work on their fitness.

“The reason I am in this industry is that I enjoy helping people to become the person they want to be, whatever their aim or motivation – whether it’s to improve their overall fitness, looking for specific body development or helping to remain as healthy as they can.

“My job is to build their confidence so that the can get the joy of using their body in the way they want to use it.

"There is currently no publicly-accessible studio in Stornoway with free weights for use outside class settings, and that would be something new and extra for Stornoway. The bigger the space, the more people I can help and the more facilities I can offer."

The image shows the architects’ drawing of the proposed elevation of the new studio on Kenneth Street.