Fusion to run nine Lewisham leisure centres

From the Fusion team...

Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity specialising in providing high quality community sport and active leisure services, has been appointed by Lewisham Council to manage and operate six of its leisure centres and sports facilities, with a further three centres coming on board in the next two years. Fusion will also launch a customer bookings service to maximise community use of school facilities.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: "These are exciting times for sport and leisure in Lewisham. London 2012 is just around the corner and we are near completion of our transformation of sport and leisure facilities in the borough. We are keen to encourage Lewisham people to be more active and the plans to create better facilities with Fusion Lifestyle will go a long way to accomplishing this."

From 15 October, 2011, Fusion will take on the management of Ladywell Leisure Centre, Ladywell Arena, The Bridge Leisure Centre, Wavelengths Leisure Centre, Lewisham Indoor Bowls Centre and Forest Hill School Sports Centre.  Later this year Bellingham Leisure and Lifestyle Centre will be added, and on completion in 2012 Forest Hill Pools and in 2013 Loampit Vale Leisure Centre.

The relocation of the Wavelengths Library (housed in the Wavelengths Leisure Centre building at present) to the Deptford Lounge is due to take place this autumn and Fusion will finance a conversion of the existing library space into a high quality fitness suite.

Established in 2000, Fusion is a registered charity and has a strong track record of delivering recreational sport, health and fitness activities for local communities. It now operates fifty one sports and leisure centres in London and the South East including Croydon and Southwark leisure centres, Brockwell Lido and Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex.  

Peter Kay, Fusion’s Chief Executive said: “Lewisham Council has firm vision for leisure in the borough and the team at Fusion is looking forward to delivering some exciting developments over the next few years.  As a registered charity, we are committed to reinvestment, and providing the local community with high quality services at a price people are willing and able to pay”.

23 comments:

Hugh said...

I swam at Wavelengths the day Fusion took over. Odd things I noticed:

1. staff in smart uniforms;
2. windows being cleaned;
3. assorted underwater detritus removed from kids pool (some had been there for months if not years);
4. lights in toilets fixed;
5. showers being tested;
6. water in main pool back to proper level.

The only thing lacking is redress for the council's decision to award Parkwood Leisure the previous contract. In the private sector a decision like that would secure you a spell claiming dole.

really? said...

"In the private sector a decision like that would secure you a spell claiming dole"

It would "sometimes" secure you a place on the dole. Swings and roundabouts, there are things that are done in the public sector that will get you the sack that are never even commented on in the private sector let alone dealt with. Uncontrolled 'hospitality' from suppliers is a fav. In my experience it's a far greater problem in the private arena. I guess we could look at the non-penalties as a result of the latest spot of bother in the financial sector.

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Hugh said...

Fair enough. Just tell me how Bullock gets to be held accountable for Parkwood Leisure. Their service was so scandalously poor it seemed deliberate.

Hugh said...

Forgive my stammer.

NAT said...

Hugh, surely it would be easier to hold Bullock and the Council responsible if it were a directly Council run and staffed facility.

Hugh said...

The Council awarded the contract, no? I assume following a tender process in which all proposals were carefully considered, before agreeing terms with the wrong operator that were either a joke or never enforced.

Hugh said...

The Council awarded the contract, no? I assume following a tender process in which all proposals were carefully considered, before agreeing terms with the wrong operator that were either a joke or never enforced.

Robin said...

Parkwood Leisure were pretty shoddy in a few ways.

I contacted them a number of times because their website was inaccessible to me, and to people using screen reading technology, as instead of having text as, you know, text, much was embedded as a single image. (Like a flier had been scanned and called a webpage)

I didn't get a single response, and if they had continued to have the contract I'd have thought about the feasibility of taking them to court over breach of the DDA / DED.

Hugh said...

Robin, that was precisely my experience of their website.

NAT said...

That may well be so. You asked 'how Bullock gets to be held accountable'

I believe I've answered your question.

Next.

Hugh said...

Hardly. You made an assertion and left it at that.

NAT said...

That assertion was whats commonly known as an answer.

Was the question rhetorical or something?

Mondee said...

@Hugh, regarding your initial post, that is encouraging news indeed. Amazing what can be achieved in a day when people are managed properly.

Hugh said...

NAT, an assertion that begins 'Surely' is basically a hopeful punt. Even without it, your response was weak. Sorry, old bean, and watch those apostrophes. No? Oh, Google it then.

NAT said...

Condescension, advice on grammar,..lost that one have we Hugh?

flipper said...

I'd really like to hear from anyone using Ladywell Pool now that Fusion has taken over. I'd love to swim there but have been completely put off by hearing how dirty it is. If it's the same as Hugh's experience at Wavelengths I'd give it a go.

Ian on the Hill said...

Happened to notice that Fusion already are listing 'Loampit Vale Leisure Centre'. So that's the naming done :)

Sporadic swimmer said...

Went to Wavelengths today. There was loo roll and soap in the toilets, the showers worked and were hot. That's already a massive improvement on what went before.

Adele said...

LLC changing rooms still smell of wee.

max said...

Some think it's Council policy.

But they are all little people that don't understand the complexity and nuances of Council's policy.

Anonymous said...

Parkwood are a profit driven mess with money at the heart of everything.

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