Customer update: Totnes Leisure Centre will stay open

Following a few weeks of uncertainty we can confirm that all contracts have been signed and the whole of the Totnes Leisure Centre will remain open with Fusion Lifestyle as the operator. 

Tim Mills, Director of Business Development, Fusion Lifestyle said: "It is fantastic that we have reached this positive conclusion on the future of the leisure facilities in Totnes.  We understand that there has been a period of concern and disruption for staff and customers.  We regret this, and we would like to sincerely thank both staff and customers for their continued support and understanding during this time.   

"Fusion Lifestyle is committed to providing the best in health and leisure facilities in Totnes and it is our role to ensure that the centre can be enjoyed by the local community for years to come.  We have made a commitment to deliver high quality leisure facilities in Totnes for the long term, and we look forward to working with the Council and TadPool to bring our shared ambitions to fruition as soon as possible."

Chris Brook, Community of Practice Lead for Assets, at South Hams District Council said: "We are delighted to be able to tell residents that there has been a positive outcome to this situation.  At the end of the day all three parties wanted to keep the centre open and we have all being working towards the same goal.  Now we can look to the future of the centre, improving the facility and the services on offer to our residents.

"We would also like to express our thanks to the users and the staff who have patiently waited for the outcome of the contract negotiations. The parties concerned know that it has been an anxious time, but they would like to thank everyone for their understanding."

Over the last two years the council has been working closely with Tadpool to secure poolside and sports facilities at Totnes Pavilion, after the contract with Tone Leisure came to an end. This included an idea originally proposed by Tadpool, that they would take a lease on the dryside of the centre, but then contract out operation of the whole centre to Fusion.

This arrangement has been formally put into place today with the signing of contracts by all parties.  The centre can now move forward with plans to improve the services on offer and the council can now prepare a business case for the 1.5m loan for Fusion to invest in the centre.