Fusion Lifestyle confirm redundancies across all leisure sites in Bedford

Robinson Pool
Robinson Pool is one of eight leisure venues in Bedford and Kempston.

An email seen by the Bedford Independent confirms that Fusion Lifestyle, who manage leisure sites in Bedford, will be making redundancies across its venues.

Fusion Lifestyle is a sports and leisure management organisation responsible for running venues in partnership with Bedford Borough.

They currently manage Robinson Pool, Kempston Pool, Oasis Leisure Pool, Bedford International Athletic Stadium and the John Bunyan Centre, as well as Mowsbury Park Golf Complex and Kempston Outdoor Centre.

The email said, “Within all establishments, this means an overall reduction in staffing numbers.”

Citing current government guidelines, the email to staff states that catering jobs and the role of fitness instructor will be ‘removed from the business’ as these are not services ‘that we envisage offering for the foreseeable future.’

The email goes on to identify new job roles, many amalgamating two or more existing roles into one new title.

A spokesperson for Fusion said: “Fusion, like all businesses in the leisure industry, have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘When we are able to re-open, our business needs to adapt in line with government restrictions and industry feedback anticipates a big reduction in footfall.

“In order to keep the business sustainable, we need to make changes to staffing levels and ways of working.

“We are currently in consultation with our staff to take on board their views and ideas and come up with the best solution.”

Last year, Fusion Lifestyle was criticised for cancelling long-standing bookings for a number of small local groups, a decision it later changed after public pressure.

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Fusion have also come under fire regarding the upkeep of Oasis Beach Pool.

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The Bedford Independent contacted Fusion Lifestyle to confirm the number of people employed across their Bedford sites, but they declined to comment.

A Borough Council spokesperson said: “The Council is aware that Fusion Lifestyle have commenced a consultation with their staff across the country, including in Bedford Borough, as a result of the significant challenges facing the leisure sector nationwide.

“These are very unusual and challenging times for the leisure sector, and we are working with Fusion Lifestyle around the future leisure offer in Bedford Borough.”