Petition for supermarket in Knowle West

Filwood Broadway has been identified as a potential site for a supermarket. Picture Len Wyatt.

Filwood Broadway has been identified as a potential site for a supermarket. Picture Len Wyatt.

Local people are being urged to sign a petition to encourage a supermarket to move into Knowle West.

The petition has been started by Knowle West Future – a group of local residents and organisations wanting to see positive change to the area.

Helen Bailey from Knowle West Future said: “With more homes going to be built in our area – Knowle West Future wants to make sure that there are sufficient shops to support existing residents and the additional people. A supermarket would add to the range of shops already in our area.”

The group says it needs over 1,000 signatures and is urging residents to give their support – so any potential supermarket and the council will “see how important local people think this is.”

On Saturday 22 October members of Knowle West Future collected signatures from the public at bus stops near Broadwalk Shopping Centre.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “In response to requests from members of the public, the council identified a potential site for a supermarket in Filwood Broadway.

“Work was then carried out with a specialist consultancy firm to target potential operators to build and run the supermarket.  Unfortunately we have not found a supermarket retailer that is interested in the site in the current economic climate.

“The Council is still committed to working with the community to help achieve the aspirations that were agreed in the Filwood Broadway Framework.  Details of all of the suggested developments are available on the Council’s website: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/planning-and-building-regulations/knowle-west-regeneration-framework.”

A paper copy of the petition can be signed at re:work, 16 Filwood Broadway; and an e-petition can be found on http://tinyurl.com/hvm3oxa.

For more information: www.knowlewestfuture.org