Filton set to get games area - but concerns raised that location is wrong

February 06 2020
Filton set to get games area - but  concerns raised that location is wrong

The site of the Elm Park tennis courts to create a 'Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA)' is the wrong location, Filton councillors were told.

The site of the Elm Park tennis courts to create a 'Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA)' is the wrong location, Filton councillors were told.
Town clerk Lesley Reuben has secured £95,000 funding from South Glos councillors for the project as part of a £310,000 package of improvements to open spaces across the county.
This pot of money is not from council tax payers but has been secured from developers, so-called '106 money'.
A meeting of the town council heard the project was broadly welcomed but community garden chairman Dave Mikkelson said the location was wrong for two reasons.
He said the close proximity to the Springfield elderly people's residence would create noise issues in the evening. He also said using the tennis courts would require the walls to be knocked down, which would ruin community garden displays, including those created by local schools.
Instead, Mr Mikkelson said, the council should consider the natural amphitheatre in the rarely used cycle speedway opposite the children's play area.  He said this would be a good use of an unused space, which originally cost the council £45,000, and would be ideal with the grass slopes being a natural viewing area.
The council will now consider this option and Mrs Reuben will present a business plan before the funding is released.
Filton previously pursued building a MUGA in 2012 but the project was abandoned due to lack of funds.
A South Glos spokesperson said: "Public open spaces and sports facilities across South Gloucestershire are set to benefit from more than £310,000 of improvements, through funding that South Gloucestershire Council has secured from local developments.
"The money, which has been secured via a section 106 agreement with developers, will deliver improvements to local sports pitches and tracks, playing fields, multi-use games areas and play areas, and will also provide new facilities at sports clubs.
"Areas to benefit from the latest round of developer funding include Filton, Little Stoke, Patchway, Almondsbury and Soundwell, with a combined total of £311,809.50 being invested into a variety of new and improved facilities.
"Amongst the recipients are Filton Town Council who will get £95,000 to convert two tennis courts to multi-use games areas."
Cllr Rachael Hunt, Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism, said: “I am delighted that South Gloucestershire Council has been able to negotiate this funding from developers, which help deliver a number of improvements to open spaces across the area. It is important to provide spaces for people of all ages to be active and enjoy the outdoors.
"As a council we are committed to improving our communities, with almost £10 million having been invested into our open areas and green spaces since 2015.”
South Gloucestershire Council has an ongoing programme grant applications to enhance the quality of its green spaces. Funding has been provided by various bodies such as developers, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and People’s Postcode Lottery, among other external sources. The Council has successfully delivered £9.5 million of improvements to its parks and open spaces over the last five years.