A new company is to take over the management of leisure centres in Lewisham in October.
Fusion Lifestyle will take over from Parkwood Leisure, which currently manages the centres on October 15. It has a 15-year contract.
Fusion has promised users of the borough’s leisure centres and swimming pools ‘exciting’ changes once they take over. As well as the well known Brockwell Lido, Fusion also runs Peckham Pulse centre and more than 50 other centres around London.
Announcing the changes, the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, said the ‘key aims’ of the councils sports’ strategy were to encourage Lewisham people to be more active and to create better sport and leisure facilities. ‘’This new partnership with Fusion Lifestyle will go a long way to accomplishing this,’’ he said.
As part of the new contract Fusion are re-opening Forest Hill pools, currently being renovated, and Loampit Vale Leisure Centre. Fusion’s said its work with Loampit Vale aimed to ensure more members of the community, including schools, could use the facilities.
Tim Mills, development director of Fusion said: ”As a registered charity, we are committed to providing the local community with high quality services at a price people are willing and able to pay’’.
Words:Camille Dawson and Sophie Williams