Months of ill feeling in the small village of Heydour may soon come to an end, hope the owners of a business at the centre of the row.
Craig and Paula Williams run Team Bootcamp, a fitness retreat based in Heydour House, which over the last 18 months has received a number of complaints from people living in the village and neighbouring Oasby and Aisby.
The grievances revolve mostly around noise levels caused by music and trainers shouting commands to clients.
However, Craig and Paula hope they can begin to build bridges with their neighbours and have taken the first step by investing in wireless headsets.
Craig said: “It’s been well publicised that we’ve had issues with neighbours recently due to noise and the impact the noise that we have created has had on other people. We are deeply sorry about that.
“We have come up with a solution. We’ve started to use wireless headsets. We have 50 sets that we can put on our clients and all our staff. The trainers can talk in their microphones to speak to people directly into their ears and we can play music through them, dramatically reducing the noise.”
The radio headsets have been a “big hit” with both bootcampers and local residents, said Craig. Meanwhile, during tests they were found to increase safety.
Paula, who told the Journal in December she was “heartbroken” by the community’s reaction to the fitness retreat, hopes to bring an end to complaints.
She said: “I just wish we had had this technology when we first launched.”
In a further bid to reduce noise levels, an obstacle course which was located next door to a churchyard frequently visited by villagers has been relocated further away.