Cllr Chaudhary: “I’m thrilled to see our leisure centres and public halls reopen”

Cllr Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, welcomes residents back to Heston Pools & Fitness, which opened on 9 December.

Published: Friday, 11th December 2020

Cllr Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, welcomes residents back to Heston Pools & Fitness, which opened on 9 December

As the Borough of Hounslow moved out of lockdown and into Tier 2 restrictions last week, the difficult process of reopening Hounslow’s public halls and leisure services for use began.

Hounslow have started providing services for residents in six weeks since the initial transfer from Fusion Lifestyle was completed on 1 November 2020, a process that can usually take up to 4-6 months.

Two leisure centres and four public halls have already been successfully reopened and today Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Hounslow’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, was able to announce four more dates as follows:

  • Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, dry facilities – Monday 14 December
  • Feltham Assembly Hall – Monday 14 December
  • Brentford Fountain pools – Monday 21 December

The Council always maintained that it would take a phased approach to reopening, and there have been challenges along the way including catastrophic boiler failures, installing COVID-secure measures and Brentford Fountain being proposed as an NHS mass vaccination site.

Other heavy repair-works have also been taken to ensure each venue opens at a high standard under the wings of Hounslow Council for the borough’s public halls and Lampton Leisure, a daughter of the Council’s wholly owned company, Lampton Group.

In line with government restrictions, users of these spaces as well as members of staff have now been allowed to start returning to their venues to use gyms and public hall spaces, which has been vital for the mental and physical wellbeing of many of the Borough’s residents.

More information on the remainder of the Council’s newly-acquired public spaces re-opening will follow in the coming weeks as part of the next phases of the process.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: “It’s great to have announced the first two phases of reopening our leisure centres and public halls. Seeing people safely return to the venues that they love and depend on makes me feel optimistic for the future. We’ve had our share of challenges over the last weeks, but I want to thank local communities for their patience and am positive the changes these vital spaces are undergoing will be for the better.”

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