Category Archives: Fusion

GLL lined up for libraries, as well as leisure and pools

GENE BRODIE, our bookish gyms correspondent, on an added twist to the tale of a 20-year leisure centre management contract GLL – Greenwich Leisure Ltd – could be lined up to take over the operation of Croydon’s library service. GLL … Continue reading

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People Power wins battle of the paper cups in Thornton Heath

There’s been a (minor) victory for People Power in Thornton Heath, as the firm who manage the local pool and leisure centre have promised to reinstate drinking cups at the gym’s water coolers. “We got it wrong,” Fusion Lifestyle said … Continue reading

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Public start the fightback over standards at Fusion centres

The cup of cheer is hardly overflowing for leisure centre users around the borough. Indeed, many don’t have even a paper cup, as KEN LEE reports The borough’s swimming pools and leisure centres are coming in for ever closer scrutiny … Continue reading

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POLL: Back our scheme to save Purley Pool – permanently

FLIP FLOP (Part 94): Purley Pool has been given a reprieve, of sorts. Following an announcement this morning by Tony Newman, the council leader, the only public swimming pool serving a vast catchment area in the south of the borough … Continue reading

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Purley Pool to close as council Budget cuts begin to bite

Croydon Council is to close Purley Pool in a cost-cutting exercise aimed at avoiding having to spend at least £780,000 on urgently required repairs and renovations to the much-neglected swimming facility. Purley’s swimming pools’ fate was sealed once the council … Continue reading

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Council set to bring pools, parks and library service in-house

Croydon school pupils denied desks to study in the borough’s public libraries, free swimming sessions going under-publicised, and our parks being locked up because of a lack of contractor staff could all be things of the past if outsourced services … Continue reading

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Waddon pool’s service without a smile for £44 a month

WALTER CRONXITE, our intrepid reporter in the 32in waist Speedos who has a faint whiff of chlorine about him, reports from poolside at the over-priced and poorly finished Waddon Leisure Centre If you ignore the stinking pool of brown water … Continue reading

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Leisure centre opens – and charges locals £44 per month

Olympic legacy? Not at the Waddon Leisure Centre, opened yesterday by Croydon Council inviting a Paralympic champion from… Sutton. The public facility – built at a cost of £15million, or one-tenth of the price we are paying for the Council … Continue reading

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Laings give up on URV schemes due to lack of interest

Croydon Council’s “innovative” £450 million urban regeneration vehicle will not be copied by any other local authority any time soon, as their partners in the scheme, John Laing, have announced that they will not be bidding for any more such … Continue reading

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Croydon misses the starter’s gun for Olympic Weekend

Finally, Croydon admits the Olympics really are coming to London. It was 6.30 last night, six months after Boris and London’s Games organisers had set a deadline for local authorities throughout the capital to make submissions, and a month since … Continue reading

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