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It’s a new year and it feels like there are a lot of positive things happening in Filton.
While some of the best economic minds in the country are crunching numbers and deciding whether things really are getting better for the country, sometimes it’s better to use the barometer of gut feeling.
In Filton, in the past year, we have seen several indicators that perhaps we are climbing again rather than falling.
Certainly the opening of the Abbeywood Retail Park was the biggest ‘economic’ event of 2013 and several hundred people, many local, are now in work at Asda and the restaurants.
Last month we described how Mike Guerin and his team at McDonald’s had taken on new staff, some of whom will go forward in management training.
Just before Christmas, the Home Bargains shop opened at the Shield Retail Park. Shop owners on and around Church View have expressed optimism with the opening of the new Airbus offices and the new trade this brings.
At the boundary of Filton Park and Northville, we have seen the Maniks Restaurant opening for business along with other businesses and there area indicators that the former Blockbusters and Motaman premises may not be shut for too long.
This does not mean there should be complacency but new businesses mean new jobs and improved confidence.
Filton now has its own bus service - the 555 Filton Flyer - a product of much campaigning by a group of councillors and public servants.
Our schools are improving all the time, both in the eyes of Ofsted and in the perception of parents. Last month we reported the Elm Park playpark is to get a much needed £60,000 revamp.
This will complement the superb community garden, built by volunteers with business support last year.
Police are reporting crime being down in the majority of categories.
Filton has had its share of problems, and some are far from being solved, but perhaps a corner has been turned.
It is now up to all of us to ensure we keep moving in the right direction.
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