Lewisham council have finally switched the provider of Lewisham’s leisure services from Fusion Lifestyle to a new provider, Greenwich Leisure Limited (who trade as Better). Lewisham Lib Dems have been calling for action against Fusion for a number of years as services have declined.
Fusion have decided to throw in the towel because of the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown, but their contract has been in trouble for a number of years. This is partly because Lewisham agreed a long 15-year contract in 2011 with assumptions that have inevitably proved inaccurate and with Lewisham failing to ensure service standards are being met.
The decision to change to Greenwich Leisure was taken by Lewisham’s Cabinet in a secret meeting on August 12th but the details have only now been released.
Lewisham Lib Dems have now written to the Cabinet lead on leisure and are calling for the countil to say:
- Whether Fusion have been awarded compensation for handing in their contract, and how much if this is the case
- Whether Fusion staff are safe from the threat of redundancy and on what conditions will staff be transferred to GLL
- What performance measures will GLL be held to, and what actions will Lewisham take if they are not met
Commenting on the collapse of the contract with Fusion, Lewisham Lib Dem candidate for the London Assembly Ade Fatukasi said:
“It’s time to end the secrecy which allowed the council to avoid responsibility for Fusion’s failing services. Rather than meeting in secret to make decisions about our services, the Labour Cabinet should commit to being open and transparent about the new contract with Greenwich Leisure. Lewisham residents deserve better.”