A gym in Stroud will remain open for now, though legal wrangling with its landlord is set to continue.

Anytime Fitness was forced to close last Wednesday after the new owners of Merrywalks shopping centre changed the gym’s locks over a financial dispute.

It was allowed to temporarily re-open by a court the following day until another hearing scheduled for today.

But last Thursday’s injunction will stay in place for the time being as the landlord decided not to contest it in court.

“This week’s court hearing has been vacated by consent,” said a spokesperson for Dransfield Properties, which claims Anytime Fitness owes its subsidiary Stroud Regeneration Limited ‘a significant sum’ in back rent and services charges.

“Arrangements have also been agreed for a site inspection which will hopefully lead to the resolution of an issue which our company has been working to resolve for several months.”

The gym, which denies it has any outstanding payments, welcomed being able to continue business.

An Anytime Fitness spokesperson said: “We are pleased to inform our members and the general public that Stroud Regeneration did not put forward any evidence or arguments and have instead accepted that the injunction should continue and, as a consequence, an indefinite injunction is now in place.”

“We are keen to find a final resolution to this dispute as quickly as possible and we intend to move to the next stage in legal proceedings to rectify this situation.”

Both parties have been meeting since May in an attempt to resolve their dispute.

For more on the dispute that closed Anytime Fitness in Stroud last week, click here.