Hounslow’s Leisure Services under new management

Hounslow Council today, Sunday 1 November 2020, announced the successful transfer of their leisure services from Fusion Lifestyle to the Council and Lampton Leisure.

Published: Sunday, 1st November 2020

Image of Cllr Chaudhary  and Cllr Lambert

From today the six leisure centres in the borough owned by Hounslow Council will be run by a new entity, Lampton Leisure, set up within the growing Lampton Group of wholly owned council trading companies, specifically to run the leisure centres.

In addition, the five public halls across the borough will be run by Hounslow Council, through an interim arrangement with their Environment, Culture and Customer Services Directorate.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council, said: “Whilst the transfer of services has been completed within a very short timeframe, less than two months since the mutual agreement with Fusion Lifestyle was reached, there is still work to do to ensure the buildings and services are ready for our residents to use, and to make sure that they are Covid-secure.

“The safety of our residents and staff is of paramount importance to us. We now know that we are facing tougher national measures for at least the next month, and we will be planning a phased approach to reopening the buildings and the individual services offered once the restrictions are lifted and we are entirely satisfied it is safe to do so. We will keep you regularly informed through our website.

“I would like to thank Council and Lampton staff for their hard work in getting the facilities ready to reopen, and thank our residents, members and users of our leisure centres and public halls for their patience and support in what we know has been a very trying and challenging time.”

Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, Highways and Trading Companies, added: “We are very confident that running the leisure centres through our new company, Lampton Leisure, is the right thing to do. The Lampton Group has an outstanding track record in managing and improving Council services, from waste and recycling, facilities management to housing investment and development. They also have experience of bringing services back to council control, having assumed the management of our parks most successfully at very short notice, following the collapse of Carillion in 2018.

“Lampton Leisure has been set up as a not-for-profit organisation, which means that any financial gains will be reinvested back into the leisure centres, enabling us to improve our offer over time. In addition, we will be able to align our offer with the Council’s corporate plan, and work with partners such as Public Health, our schools, Sport England, and the NHS to provide services that are beneficial to our residents’ health and wellbeing.”

Gill Steward, Chair of the Board for the Lampton Group of Companies, said: “I am delighted that we will be adding the management of leisure centres to our portfolio. Our new company, Lampton Leisure, has been set up specifically to do this, and will be highly focused. We will have the benefit of expertise from day one as we have transferred the staff who have looked after the Hounslow contract from Fusion Lifestyle, and they are helping us get the centres ready, whilst learning about the new ethos and approach required from their new organisation.

“We look forward to working closely with Hounslow Council, and with our staff and residents of the borough, to ensure that the centres provide the level of service expected from us, and we can grow our offer to enable everyone to benefit from the facilities available. Residents, members and staff will be front and centre of any decisions we take, so that we can ensure we are providing the facilities you want and making a positive difference to people’s lives.”

For further information and updates on the reopening of our leisure centres and public halls as well as the libraries based at Hanworth Air Park and Isleworth Leisure Centre, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/leisure

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