A GYM in Halstead is set to become the first 24 hour gym in the area.

Lemans Gym on Bluebridge industrial estate in Halstead has been granted permission to operate 24 hours seven days a week.

It is the only gym within a ten mile radius of the town to offer a round the clock service.

After submitting an application to Braintree Council to extend its opening hours to 24/7, Lemans Gym hopes so be functioning with its new hours from June 1.

Scott Leman who owns and manages the gym said: "24 Hour gyms now control approximately 40 per cent of the fitness market, and we found that members were wanting broader opening hours- especially at weekends.

"We also accommodate a lot of local shift workers in the police, NHS, fire brigades who would majorly benefit from flexible opening times.

"We accommodate a vast range of members, at varying ages, with individual needs and schedules.

"The gym being 24 hour will give them all a place to go, socialise and express themselves."

The nearest alternative 24 hour gyms are in Witham, Colchester and Chelmsford.