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Plans to bring old Filwood Broadway cinema into use


Local councillors have been carrying out a survey about plans to bring the old cinema building and derelict former garage site on Filwood Broadway into use.

There are proposals to put a temporary moveable building on the disused site next to the cinema – which would be a factory and learning centre for apprentices.

This would partly manufacture new modular housing – an example of which is the new ‘TAM’ building at Filwood Community Centre – to help address the current housing crisis.

Filwood councillors Chris Jackson and Jeff Lovell have been consulting residents living in all the surrounding streets about the plans to “provide jobs and opportunities on the site.”

The old cinema is in a bad state of repair and has been found to contain asbestos – so they say the only option is to turn it into a storage centre.

Cllr Jackson said: “We are at the very initial stage and have knocked on 240 doors and delivered 350 letters…”

Over 200 people took the survey and no-one wanted houses on the site because they felt the cinema was a community building.

The councillors stress there would be very little noise when the temporary factory is put up –  and it could be constructed within a day.

To comment on the plans email or write to Councillor Chris Jackson, City Hall, Bristol BS1 5TR.