Parks, Open Spaces, Libraries and Leisure

This Press Release is well worth reading for anyone who cares about the above.

Open Spaces in the West Area, especially in Hanworth Park (the neighbouring ward to mine), took quite a battering from the previous administration.  It is frustrating that we are not there but this news really does offer hope and clearly shows that the current administration are working on making things much better.

Background

In November 2006, Hounslow Council’s Executive agreed to tender the leisure and cultural services provided on its behalf by the CIP group of companies.

The procurement was undertaken through a competitive dialogue process which consisted of three stages during which bidders proposals and methodology for delivering services were explored in detail.

The service groupings on which contracts were awarded, were

A – Parks Management – grass cutting, horticulture, litter picking, arboriculture, countryside services, allotments, burials and cemeteries, Gunnersbury Park and Museum, Boston Manor, Hogarth’s House, community development and engagement, sports in parks, maintenance of pitches, facilities management, development and implementation of parks management plans, development and implementation of parks improvement schemes.

B – Libraries and Arts – operation of 11 libraries, the schools library service, library services for the housebound, library IT services, Redlees Studio, Paul Robeson theatre, arts coordination and advocacy, design and project management of buildings improvement, buildings maintenance, facilities management.

C – Leisure Services and Community Halls -five leisure centres and eight community facilities, holiday play schemes, sport development, facilities management, design and project management of buildings improvement, buildings maintenance, facilities management.

In February 2008, the Executive approved two bidders for each area and all were invited to make a presentation to the Leisure and Cultural Services Sub Group in April.

On April 29th, the Council’s Executive ratified the choice of one preferred bidder for each service grouping. They were John Laing Integrated Services (Service Groupings A and B) and Fusion Lifestyle (Service Grouping C).

The contract for service grouping A expires in 2018, service grouping B, in 2023 and service grouping C in 2023.

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2 Responses to “Parks, Open Spaces, Libraries and Leisure”

  1. Geraldine Dyos Says:

    It will be interesting to see how John Laing Integrated Services approaches the management of the borough libraries as it appears to be new ground for them. As a librarian I know that several local authorities will be watching this new outsourcing supplier closely as well.
    Who knows – we may see Sunday opening at Feltham Library after all …

  2. Mark Bowen Says:

    Many thanks for your comment. Certainly interesting and exciting times ahead. My biggest hope is that we will see some big increases with satisfaction in our Parks & Open Spaces.

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