Hounslow’s Leisure Centres are to be managed by the Council’s wholly owned company, Lampton 360, following discussions between Fusion Lifestyle and Hounslow Council.
Published: Wednesday, 9th September 2020
The mutually agreed outcome means that Hounslow Council, along with its trading company Lampton 360, will take over the operational running of their leisure services from 1 November 2020, with a phased approach to reopening services during November. Our Public Halls will be moved in-house and managed within the Environment, Culture and Customer Services Directorate.
This means that we will be able to align our offer with our ambitions in the Corporate Plan, particularly working in partnership with Public Health and the NHS to deliver positive health and wellbeing outcomes for borough residents. We will also be able to ensure that all staff being transferred to Lampton 360 and the Council from Fusion Lifestyle will receive at least the London Living Wage as a minimum.
The Council has an established trading company in Lampton 360 with the managerial and operational ability to run our leisure centres efficiently and well, and we anticipate the offer to residents, customers and users will improve substantially over time.
Both the council and Lampton 360 have previous experience of rapidly and successfully transitioning services e.g. when Carillion collapsed both Libraries and Parks were brought back in-house and into Lampton 360 and have thrived.
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet took the decision last night, 8 September 2020, to agree the proposals in the Cabinet Report on the future of leisure services in Hounslow, with the transfer of the services to Hounslow Council aiming to be complete by 1 November 2020.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council, said:
“We apologise for the delay in being able to reopen our leisure centres and public halls, we know this has been a hugely frustrating time for our members and users of these services.
“It has been agreed by mutual consent between Fusion Lifestyle and Hounslow Council that from 1 November 2020 the Leisure Centres will be run by Lampton 360, the Council’s trading company and the Public Halls by the Council.
“We will move the services and staff as quickly as possible and therefore, we anticipate that services will reopen in a phased way during November, providing that Government guidelines to be Covid-secure can be met. To make sure this can happen as seamlessly as possible all staff from Fusion Lifestyle who deliver the Hounslow services are likely to be transferred to Lampton 360 and Hounslow Council respectively through a Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) arrangement.”
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion Lifestyle said: “The last six months has been a difficult time for all concerned and continues to be so. Fusion is looking to concentrate on other areas of their business in light of the impact of coronavirus on our operating model. We are pleased that we have been able to come to a mutually acceptable decision with the Council on the leisure services, and for our valuable staff, and we know that the services will be in good hands going forwards. We would like to thank all our customers and users of our leisure services for their continued support, and particularly would like to thank our staff for their continued loyalty and thank the Council for securing the services of our Hounslow workforce.”
In order to meet the Government guidelines, leisure centres and public halls will need to operate at a reduced capacity of around 40 per cent of pre Covid-19 levels which means there will need to be a system in place to enable members, users, clubs, schools and other groups to use the facilities in a way that is fair for all.
During the transition communications with over 10,000 leisure centre members, the sports clubs and regular users of our public halls will continue via Fusion Lifestyle until the data is transferred securely, in agreement with GDPR requirements, to the Council / Lampton 360.
Further information will be available on our Leisure Services page, which will be updated regularly with the latest information.