Sports Pitch Maintenance and Management Review

The council is currently consulting on proposals to transfer the management and maintenance of a number of sports pitches and playing fields to local community organisations. 

Update December 2016: In light of discussions with existing interested parties and South Gloucestershire Council Officers, Tennis Court/Fisher Road playing fields and changing rooms will also include Made Forever Youth Centre. We are therefore reopening the expression of interest process in this site to incorporate both existing and new organisations that wish to partake in discussions moving forwards.

The site affected is:

Tennis Court & Fisher Road (new expressions of Interest welcome)

The older sites affected were:

Information about each site, is available in the site information packs, available by clicking on the name of the site above.

Why are we doing this?

All local authorities are facing intense financial pressures and are looking at ways to make sure that every pound of funding is spent wisely and effectively. This means that we need to look at how we provide services that are sustainable and will meet the needs of local people, now and in the future. As part of the Council Savings Programme (CSP) we are required to achieve savings of £145k within the maintenance and management of sport pitches and their facilities by seeking to transfer responsibility to external bodies such as clubs and volunteer groups.

We also need to consider that without significant investment (for which no council budget exists) buildings linked to sports pitches may fall into a state of disrepair. This measure is designed to bring the buildings into community management, ensuring their availability for other users, including nursery and play groups for example, and to ensure pitches are available for league fixtures and training, etc.

This is not a new process to the council. Under an existing policy a number of buildings, pitches and their facilities have already been transferred or are in the process of being transferred to third party groups, typically the main sports club that uses the site.

In order to meet our savings target, and to assure future use and access to these public open spaces and associated buildings, we would now like to invite third party groups to take on responsibility for the remaining buildings, playing fields and facilities. The review does not include the playground areas adjacent to sports pitches.

If groups or organisations are interested in taking on any of these sites, then they should submit an expression of interest form. Further information about this process is available in the Frequently Asked Questions.


Find out more and tell us your views

This consultation is open from 21 November until 19 December 2016. It is important to note at this stage no final decisions have been made. We are keen to receive feedback from residents and other interested parties, including sports clubs and other users of the facilities, on the proposals.

Organisations wishing to find out more are invited to an open forum meeting event on:
Wednesday 14 December 2016 from 7 to 9pm at Kingswood Civic Centre, Committee Room1 (F18).

To book your place, please email: or call 01454 865881. Please note that places need to be booked in advanced as venue capacity is fixed and that places are limited to 2 per group.

If you would like further information or to comment on these proposals, please contact

  • Email:     
  • Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Sports Pitches Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868154

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about these proposals, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council should consider. A copy of the initial draft equality impact assessment is available and we would also welcome comments on this.


This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    24 Sep 2015 at 00:00
  • Closed
    19 Dec 2016 at 23:59



Consultation Topic
  • Environment
  • Spending and budget
  • Sport & leisure
  • Voluntary and community sector issues
Geographical area
  • Bitton
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Kings Chase
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Rodway
  • Staple Hill
  • Woodstock
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • General public
  • Partner agencies
  • Service users
  • Staff
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
  • Young people
Contact Details


Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Sports Pitch Review, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR

Phone: 01454 868154