Build arena at Temple Meads, say councillors

March 27 2018
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BRISTOL City Council has voted in favour of building Bristol's long-awaited arena near Temple Meads.

Thirty four of the 70 councillors backed the city centre location over the alternative proposed site at the Brabazon Hangar site in Filton. 

The vote came at the council meeting on March 20 following a motion put forward by the Green group. The final decision, however,  rests with Mayor Marvin Rees. He  has said he will announced his verdict in May  after the ‘value-for-money’ assessment has taken place.

Councillor Geoff Gollop said: “The council debate on the arena was remarkable. No one knows the costs of either arena site, or the borrowing but that did not stop many councillors making a choice. I was not prepared to decide without that basic information.

“I instinctively feel that Temple Meads is right and that Filton will only bring yet more traffic and parking problems to Westbury and Henleaze and create jobs in South Gloucestershire, but it would be madness to burden generations of council tax payers with debt if there is a less costly option. I await the Mayor's detailed report, promised for mid April.”

More than 5,000 people signed a petition in favour of the Temple Meads option and more than 100 made public statements to the council.