Guests get a sneak preview of new Lichfield Scout HQ

Scouts in Lichfield have been showing off their new headquarters

Planning chiefs from Lichfield District Council were given a sneak preview of the new 6th Lichfield Scout Group Headquarters ahead of the official opening on October 17.

Bob Padmore, Sam Porter, John Brookes, James Porter and Maggie Brookes with (front row) Craig Jordan (Development Executive), Steve Lightfoot (Regeneration Project Manager), Asmita Kathrani (Planning Obligations Officer), Councillor Neil Roberts (Cabinet Member for Development Services)

Bob Padmore, Sam Porter, John Brookes, James Porter and Maggie Brookes with (front row) Craig Jordan (Development Executive), Steve Lightfoot (Regeneration Project Manager), Asmita Kathrani (Planning Obligations Officer), Councillor Neil Roberts (Cabinet Member for Development Services)

They saw how the Scouts have spent £100,000 of Section 106 funding which was awarded to the Christchurch Lane project in 2007.

The tour took in the energy efficient building that is now home to the 6th Lichfield Scout Group. They will be using the purpose-built venue as a base to hold meetings and run activities and games for their 80 beavers, cubs and scouts aged from six to 14.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services at Lichfield District Council, said:

“This is a fantastic building and we’re delighted it will be used by so many young members of our community.

“We were able to award this project £100,000 thanks to Section 106 funding. This is money that comes from developers’ agreements – also known as Section 106 Agreements. These agreements are made when a large development gets the go-ahead in the district and there is a need to provide associated social and community facilities. We negotiate with the developers, who agree to contribute to the delivery of such schemes.

“We’d like to thank the 6th Lichfield Scout Group for a wonderful tour, and hope they will be very happy in their new base.”

John Brookes, Cub Scout Leader, added:

“We are officially unveiling our new headquarters in October, but wanted to invite representatives of the council to take a look at the building they helped to fund.

“We desperately needed a new HQ because our old one started to get really shabby and dilapidated. I’d like to thank Lichfield District Council for giving us the £100,000 because it kick-started our fundraising programme, and helped us to secure the remaining £140,000.”

The 6th Lichfield Scout Group Headquarters will be officially opened on October 17. The Scouts are hoping past members, and anyone interested in joining the Scouts, will come along to their open day from 2pm. The day will include refreshments, a hog roast and fun stalls. It will also be a chance to take a look at the new headquarters.

For more information about the opening day, please call the 6th Lichfield Scout Group on 07950327845.

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