Decision details

Southend Leisure Provision Future

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director (Adults and Communities) requesting confirmation of the in-year arrangements for the operation of the Council’s leisure centres and set out the proposed steps in respect of the centres beyond April 2022.




1. That the ongoing waiver of Fusion’s management fee until 31 March 2022, be approved.


2. That the remaining three year’s management fee be repaid by Fusion over a reprofiled duration meeting the Council’s financial expectations from the contract.


3. That it be noted that the Council’s officers will continue to manage the existing contract performance of Fusion.


4. That Fusion’s current proposals regarding the extension of the contract beyond 2025 be rejected and market testing take place.


5. That it be noted that a further report will be provided during 2022/23 to consider the long-term future and options for leisure services.


Reasons for decision:


To address the immediate position with respect to the leisure contract.


Other options:


The Council could consider alternative operators and Trusts.  These are not recommended in the short term due to the additional financial risk to the Council of an early termination.


Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible for call-in to: Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Mulroney

Report author: Scott Dolling

Publication date: 14/01/2022

Date of decision: 13/01/2022

Decided at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/01/2022

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