FUSION LIFESTYLE TO INVEST AT LEAST £250,000 IN IMPROVING TOTNES LEISURE CENTRE & SWIMMING POOL 


Fusion Lifestyle, the UK's leading leisure charity, in partnership with South Hams District Council and TADPOOL are planning to invest at least £250,000 in improving Totnes Leisure Centre as part of its commitment to delivering high quality local leisure facilities. Additional gym space, improved fitness equipment and the creation of a new café area are just some of the ideas currently under consideration.


Taking over operations earlier this year, Fusion is working in partnership with Totnes swimming charity, TADPOOL, to draw up plans for the centre, which they hope to deliver as soon as possible in 2018. South Hams District Council is kick-starting Fusion's improvement programme with a loan that will be paid back over the course of their contract. The council has also indicated that they may be able to lend additional capital to support further investment with a viable business case. 


Exact improvement works are currently under consideration by Fusion and TADPOOL, and the public is invited to share their ideas for the centre by emailing totnes-feedback@fusion-lifestyle.com. 


Just some of the Improvement and refurbishment works currently being reviewed include the following: 


o Creation of additional and improved gym space, including re-equipping the gym

o Creation of additional and improved group exercise space 

o Refurbishment of the pool changing rooms 

o Refurbishment / replacement of the sauna and associated areas 

o Reconfiguration and improvement to the entrance and reception areas

o Creation of new café facilities 

o Creation of new soft play facilities.


Tim Mills, Director of Business Development at Fusion Lifestyle said: "Fusion is committed to providing the best in health and leisure facilities in Totnes, securing its future to ensure it can be enjoyed by the community for years to come. We will be working closely with both TADPOOL and South Hams District Council to consider opportunities and priorities for investment, and customers can look forward to some exciting changes soon. 


"We put our customers and the local community's priorities first and encourage them to get in contact to share their thoughts and ideas with us for consideration. We look forward to breathing new life into the much-loved leisure centre, and more news on what can be expected will be shared in due course." 


Cllr Hilary Bastone, Executive Portfolio Holder for Customer First from South Hams District Council said: "Totnes Pavilion is a great example of multiple organisations coming together to deliver the leisure facilities that the community desperately needs.  All our leisure centres across the District are now beginning to benefit from our contract with Fusion, this is exactly what we had hoped for.  I am very positive about the future of leisure and wellbeing in the South Hams."


Phil Atkins, Director and Trustee, TADPOOL said: "We are pleased to be working with Fusion on the redevelopment of the leisure centre. With their investment, as well as the potential investment from South Hams District Council, we can explore some exciting possibilities at the centre. 


"Tadpool is now looking to the future of the centre and its development in partnership with Fusion Lifestyle. This partnership is unique to Totnes and if you would like to be a part of this, Tadpool are looking for volunteers to join its committee. Anyone with an interest in doing so should attend our Annual General Meeting on November 1st at 7.00pm at The Pavilion.


"This is a time when we can look forward to the opportunity of delivering a much-improved health and leisure facility for the people of Totnes and the district."