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Win-Win Deal for Council leisure sites secured

Published 23rd October


The future of all eight leisure facilities in Bedford Borough has been secured, saving £1million of taxpayers’ money every year and securing millions of pounds of investment.


Last night (Tuesday 22nd October), Executive confirmed Fusion Lifestyle as the new provider for leisure facilities in Bedford Borough.


Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a win-win deal which is great news for local taxpayers and users of leisure facilities.


“This agreement with Fusion Lifestyle secures the future of eight leisure facilities, including the Bunyan Centre and Bedford International Athletic Stadium, saves in excess of £1million per year and delivers significant investment to improve the facilities on offer.


“At a time when many other local authorities are closing or cutting back their facilities, it is tremendous news that we have identified an operator who will keep all centres open and improve them significantly.”


Mayor, Dave Hodgson, added: “Bedford Borough has an excellent range of public leisure facilities, and we are delighted that this deal protects and improves them for the future while also delivering major savings for local taxpayers.”


Tim Mills, Director of Business Development for Fusion Lifestyle, added: “We are delighted to have been given the go ahead to take on the management of the leisure centres in Bedford Borough.


“We have a proven track record of providing leisure centres across the country and we look forward to the opportunity to bring investment and improvements to the centres in Bedford Borough.”


Fusion Lifestyle has pledged to invest over £3million across our Leisure facilities including £1.2million at the Bunyan Centre. This will significantly improve and enhance our Leisure sites, particularly our health and fitness facilities for residents.


There will also be investments of approximately £10million over the 10-year contract term to improve the buildings and equipment. This includes replacing health and fitness equipment and facilities as well as carrying out improvement and maintenance works.


Earlier this year, the Council invited tenders from external organisations to provide Leisure services on behalf of Bedford Borough Council. Submissions were received from a number of organisations and these have been evaluated in recent months.


From early 2014, Fusion Lifestyle will take over the running of 8 Council leisure facilities: Bedford International Athletic Stadium; Bunyan Centre; Mowsbury Golf Course including squash courts; Kempston Outdoor Centre; Blue & White Peris and Robinson, Kempston and Oasis Swimming Pools. The facilities will all remain in Council ownership.


Fusion Lifestyle is an independent registered charity established in 2000 whose primary objectives are to encourage participation in sport and physical activity and promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.   As a registered charity, all of Fusion’s surpluses are reinvested to improve and develop their facilities and activities.


Fusion Lifestyle’s proposals for the management of the Council’s leisure facilities are based on working in close partnership with the Council, sports clubs and organisations, health partners and national governing bodies of sport to:


·              Increase the quality and range of sports and active recreation activities available to residents; and

·              Increase levels of active participation amongst all sectors of the population in Bedford.


Further on Fusion Lifestyle is available at: http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/

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