Fusion Lifestyle’s 2017/18 Annual Service Plan for the management of the council’s leisure facilities.
Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The report will recommend that the City Executive Board endorse Fusion Lifestyle’s Annual Service Plan for the management of the Council’s leisure facilities for 2017/18.
The Head of Community Services submitted a report which endorsed Fusion Lifestyle’s 2017/18 Annual Service Plan for the continuous development, management and operation of leisure services in Oxford– as recommended by the Leisure Partnership Board.
The Head of Community Services outlined the background of the service plan. He said the leisure centres are very busy and there are challenges for Fusion around wear and tear and cleanliness.
Cllr Smith, Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport presented the report. She outlined the focus areas for the following year:
· To increase participation by 5%;
· To reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year for example by replacing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs and to buy a pool cover for the Hinksey Pool. However there are logistics issues about the shape of the pool.
· To promote free swimming classes for the under 17s. We plan to review the timetable for swim school classes with Fusion officers to implement this.
· A crèche facility at Ferry Leisure Centre is also a priority.
Cllr Smith thanked the Leisure and Performance Manager for all her hard work managing the Fusion contract.
Cllr Price said the usage targets looked extremely challenging; how realistic are they especially the 12,000 increase in BME visits? The Head of Community Services said Fusion has a good track record which does suggest they will achieve them. They had agreed the targets so they must be fairly confident they can meet them.
Cllr Hollingsworth said there were limitations on collecting data. Are we trying to get existing users to attend more frequently or new users starting? It is not mentioned in the report. The Head of Community Services said more work was needed to improve data capture of usage figures, particularly at the Ferry Leisure Centre.
Cllr Turner asked about the healthy options in the vending machines. Cllr Smith said it had been piloted at the Leys Leisure Centre and when the contract for the café at Ferry ends later this year, we can change the offer in the vending machines. Both healthy and unhealthy foods will be available.
Cllr Kennedy asked about pool maintenance at Hinksey Pool. She said there were maintenance issue that had not been fixed and asked whether it was possible for Fusion to show how they have improved their maintenance schedule. The Head of Community Services apologies for this and said he would look into it.
The Chief Executive said he was happy with customer satisfaction, the Council scored 2nd out of 22 local authority leisure centres
Cllr Price asked for a progress report on the Horspath Sports village to the Board in September.
The City Executive Board resolved to:
1. Endorse the Fusion Lifestyle Annual Service Plan for 2017/18 as recommended by the Leisure Partnership Board.
Report author: Lucy Cherry
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Date of decision: 11/05/2017
Decided at meeting: 11/05/2017 - City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Effective from: 17/05/2017