After a long campaign from local Labour councillor Chris Jackson, Filwood will be getting a new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and floodlights for Mendip Broadwalk FC. Yesterday, the Cabinet signed off a policy to allocate up to £300,000 of unspent Filwood Green Capital Receipts to the project. The new MUGA will serve the local community, with free access to all, and the Council will move forward work on it at the earliest opportunity, subject to planning consent as required.


Speaking about the funding, Cllr Jackson said “I am delighted that the Council has found funding for a new Multi-Use Games Area in Filwood and new floodlights for the local football team, Filwood Broadwalk FC.

This is fantastic news for Filwood, as easy to access, free children’s play equipment is so important for children and young people in wards like mine. As we all know, the Government gives little money to councils for play facilities, so it’s great that despite continued austerity, Knowle West can get some sorely-needed investment.

I would like to thank the Filwood Broadway Working Group and Mendip Broadwalk FC for campaigning on this. I would also like to thank the Mayor, Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Homes, and Elaine Olphert, the Council’s Head of Housing Delivery, for their work to finally make this a reality after years of local campaigns.

Getting the MUGA and the floodlights would have taken a lot longer if it wasn’t for their hard work, and I am sure they will work equally hard to ensure the MUGA is built as soon as possible.


Tom has confirmed the final design and precise location of the MUGA will be made in consultation with the community group and the football clubs, so I look forward to working with them again on this in the near future.”

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