A POPULAR gymnastics club in South Ruislip is to close after the owners decided to withdraw from a legal battle with Hillingdon Council.
Hillingdon School of Gymnastics, known as Swallows, in Victoria Road, South Ruislip, will have to find a new home after the owners, Mike and Tania Swallow, decided to withdraw from a court case, which was due to he heard at the High Court yesterday (Wednesday).
The council was taking the gym to court to recover £97,000 in business rates it claims the club owes.
However, although Mr and Mrs Swallow were determined to fight the case, they decided it had become increasingly clear that even if they won the court case, the council would start the process again with other claims.
On advice from their legal team, who had agreed to act on a "No Win No Fee" basis, they agreed to withdraw from the court battles so the remaining energy of the people who built up the school, its supporters and parents could be focused on finding it a new home.
Mr Swallow said: "After 23 years at the dome in South Ruislip it is particularly sad for us to make this decision. However, creating a centre of excellence and a school to teach young people gymnastics is not about buildings, it is about the people in them.
"Tania and I along with supporters and friends of the school will now look with renewed vigour to find a new home for the school in order to continue 30 years of providing excellence in sport.
"Passing on a love for gymnastics, and encouraging an enjoyment in exercise and recreation to the local community in Hillingdon."
More information, including a statement from the council, will follow.
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