Have you say on how Fusion runs the Borough’s leisure centres

Bunyan Centre
The Bunyan Centre is one of the sites managed by Fusion on behalf of Bedford Borough Council Image: Google, Streetview (May 2017)

Bedford Borough Council is asking Bedfordians to tell them what they think of the way Fusion Lifestyle runs the areas leisure facilities.

The council outsourced the running of its leisure centres to Fusion Lifestyle just over five years ago with the company currently looks after six centres:

  • Bedford International Athletic Stadium
  • Bunyan Centre
  • Mowsbury Golf and Squash Complex
  • Robinson Pool
  • Kempston Pool
  • Oasis Pool

They also look after the two outdoor activity centres at Kempston and Blue Peris in Snowdonia.

The council say that over the last few years, there has been major investment at a number of the sites.

This includes major works to build a new gym and fitness studio and improve the changing rooms and cafeteria at Robinson Pool.

John Bunyan Sports and Fitness centre has also had a new new gym and soft play area built.

But Fusion Lifestyle has also been criticised for cancelling long-standing bookings for a number of small local groups, a decision it later changed after public pressure.

Read: Sports clubs’ anger after Fusion cancel Bunyan Centre bookings
Read: Howzat! Good news for Bedford clubs as Fusion u-turn

“It has been great to see the improvements and new facilities at our leisure centres over the last five years, in partnership with Fusion Lifestyle,” said Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture.

“We are always looking forward though, and want to know what you think; what do you like about our leisure facilities, and what do you think could improve?

“We want to make sure that we continue to meet the needs of local residents, helping people get fit and active in our Borough.”

To take part in the consultation survey, head to Bedford Borough Council’s consultation pages.

You can also give your views by going along to a local library or leisure centre to find out more.

Responses must be received by 5pm on Friday 9 August.

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