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sparticus
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Forest Hill Pools

Post by sparticus » 27 Jul 2019 13:56

Forest Hill Pools are looking increasingly neglected, with the external access litter-strewn and internally paint flaking off the ceiling in the reception area, the changing rooms and loos on the first floor closed with no sign of the promised “upgrading” works and the ground floor changing rooms and pool surrounds distinctly sticky. The complex is operated by a private contractor. Is this another example of an outsourced service providing a deteriorating return for the public?

John H
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by John H » 27 Jul 2019 14:34

Well it is marginally better than a plastic lined puddle providing death trap circumstances and entirely unsupervised.

Lewisham should hang its head in shame. It once boasted an Olympic sized swimming pool.

The problem is that swimming pools are subject to strict regulations and Lewisham thought it too expensive to save lives.

JRW
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by JRW » 27 Jul 2019 14:53

Lewisham locked us into a 15 year contract in 2011 with Fusion. They are a charity, and woefully miscalculated their bid, so are operating at a loss on this contract. Lewisham keep fining Fusion for being rubbish, which puts them in an even worse position. Meanwhile, councillors tetch loudly, but don't take action to withdraw the contract. Just another day at Kafka Towers.....

Holaquease
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by Holaquease » 27 Jul 2019 23:03

John H wrote:
27 Jul 2019 14:34
Well it is marginally better than a plastic lined puddle providing death trap circumstances and entirely unsupervised.

Lewisham should hang its head in shame. It once boasted an Olympic sized swimming pool.

The problem is that swimming pools are subject to strict regulations and Lewisham thought it too expensive to save lives.
Yawn

mosy
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by mosy » 28 Jul 2019 11:09

John H is right - that we the public are entitled to facilities that are safe and clean and kept in good condition. It is shameful and sparticus is right to draw it to our attention.

I'm not a lawyer but I don't see why a contract can't be terminated if there has been a significant breach of its provisions.

Does anyone know if the Forest Hill community are mounting a revolt? They might be especially as there's the school close by. If so, we Sydenhamites could strengthen their number.

JRW
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by JRW » 28 Jul 2019 12:17

The problem seems to be that if the contract is cancelled, the council doesn't have the capacity to take the sports centre management in house, and can't find another company to contract at the same price. Whatever they decide on is going to be expensive, so as usual, Lewisham Council is dithering. Sigh.

alywin
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by alywin » 29 Jul 2019 22:15

Ah yes, the ages(decades?)-old problem associated with contracting-out: bodies quote low to try and secure the contract, and then once it starts they realise they can't actually operate/pay staff a living wage/pay for decent staff etc. at that level :( I can't help wondering if we'd be in a worse situation if we'd never started this contracting-out business.

KPR
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Re: Forest Hill Pools

Post by KPR » 30 Jul 2019 20:34

It’s still in better shape than the Bridge, which is getting seriously delapidated...austerity has gone far enough methinks.

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