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Community begins campaign for more from its sports centre

Community begins campaign for more from its sports centre

People living in Lockleaze are getting together to demand more community resources and services as one of the most deprived parts of Bristol begins to see hundreds of new homes built. Local residents have formed their own branch of the community union ACORN and, after campaigning on issues like drivers speeding through the estate, have turned their attentions to the lack of affordable activities in the local area.

A community meeting has been set up for tomorrow (Tuesday) evening, and everyone living in Lockleaze is invited to discuss what could be done.

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The ACORN organisers in Lockleaze have already met with bosses at Lockleaze Sports Centre, which only opened in 2018, and started a dialogue with bosses about how the leisure centre could better serve the people in the community where it has been built.

“Lack of youth provision, anti-social behaviour and an absence of community spaces – even a pub – are ongoing issues for the area, which is one of the most deprived wards in the city,” said ACORN Lockleaze organiser Em Wright.

“We are hoping that Lockleaze Sports Centre can play a part in addressing these issues. It was set up in 2018 with state of the art facilities, and the company’s mission statement includes a commitment to ‘delivering affordable first-class sports, education, health improvement and inclusive social facilities to the local community and beyond’.

Yet locals have found themselves unable to afford the costs, unaware of any affordable measures and unsure of what good the centre is doing locally,” she added.

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  • June 25, 2023