Residents are being encouraged to use Filton Community Centre now that it has had a major re-wiring, thanks to one of its local Conservative councillors.
There had been concerns about the electrics – which date back to the late 1960s – and how they would often get overloaded by more powerful modern equipment, including that used by DJs.
The major re-wiring cost £20,000 and was paid out of funds allocated by South Gloucestershire Council to individual ward councillors to improve their local area – and Conservative councillor for Filton, Brian Freeguard, chose to support the community centre.
As well as a complete re-wiring throughout, specific improvements have included energy-saving motion-activated lighting in the toilets, a new automatic-detection fire alarm system and automatic emergency lighting.
Cllr Freeguard said:
“Filton community centre has served local residents well over the years, but it was becoming increasingly clear to us that the electrics needed a complete overhaul.
For instance, if DJs were hired in for an event and they plugged in their kit, it would sometimes trip out the entire building because, of course, modern equipment requires a larger electrical current.
When you think about it, this is entirely understandable because the electrics themselves date back to when the building first opened in the 1960s and it has had a lot of use since then.
Given that the money had been allocated by the council to benefit the local community, I thought what better project to support than this.
The centre has now had an extensive £20K re-wiring carried out throughout, which will ensure that it continues to be a focal point for residents for years to come and we all hope it will continue to be well-used and for a wide variety of different events and occasions.”
Bookings can be made by calling 0117 9836500.
Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council