Councillors Chris Jackson and Zoe Goodman are participating in Filwood Broadway Working Group (FBWG) which is a local partnership working to achieve positive changes.
Vision Statement of FBWG
A partnership that delivers development for the future, that is community driven and inspired, bringing a mix of sustainable good quality facilities; retail; affordable homes; community buildings, leisure and play alongside a pleasing public space through structural improvements making Filwood Broadway a destination place where people can live, work, play and shop.
Knowle West resident representation, Knowle West Future members, Knowle West Alliance members, local Councillors and other key partners including Bristol City Council and stakeholders concerned with the future development on and around Filwood Broadway.
What we want to achieve
a. Positive structural changes to the area known as Filwood Broadway
b. Development that takes into account the various needs of the current and expanding neighbourhood.
- £1.35m regeneration fund money is earmarked for Filwood Broadway for street infrastructure i.e. Highways improvements, road layout, cycle way separation, paving, benches, possibly electric vehicle recharging and better bus stops.
- It will improve and upgrade the outside spaces, and combined with the proposals for redevelopment of two sites, make Filwood Broadway a more sustainable High Street.
- A project plan is being developed for planning, costing and scheduling the works.
High Street Fund
£2m city-wide funding has been earmarked from the Mayor’s Capital Recovery Fund plus £2.7m from West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) Love our High Streets Fund.
The High Streets recovery/renewal programme is a city-wide programme with 4 strands:
A Business Support Programme; Empty Commercial Property Grant Fund; Street Scene and Green Infrastructure.
9 High Streets including Filwood Broadway, will be the focus of support and Filwood Broadway is set to benefit from £140k share of the funding:
- To improve their look & feel, reduce vacant premises by financial support to new businesses, including hospitality or creative spaces, and boost footfall.
- Working closely with businesses, residents, community groups, the creative and the events sector, BCC will focus on ensuring that grants and improvements match the challenges facing each high street.
Housing Development at Filwood Broadway
The former Swimming Pool site –
Live West, a Registered Housing provider has re-started consultation on development of the swimming pool site for 34 homes. FBWG recently met with them and asked for designs to be revised to achieve a better standard of design. Further news is awaited and will be shared when available. Plans will be put up in the Community Centre or another space on Filwood Broadway that could become the focus of all the information and plans.
The Cinema site – and the land behind it
Initial consultation happened in 2019 to be followed by another round this autumn –
Proposals include 34 homes, a new building on the corner of Filwood Broadway & Hartcliffe Rd for community/commercial/Library and some redesigned public outdoor space.
News about the next round of consultation will be publicised.
FBWG meets every fortnight and welcomes people to participate.
Further updates will be publicised as the proposals progress during 2021/2022.
The working group can be contacted at Filwood21@aol.com