Councillor calls on Lichfield MP to push for extra Chasewater dam funding

Chasewater.

Chasewater.

A Burntwood councillor has called on Lichfield’s MP to press for more money to pay for repairs at Chasewater.

Cllr Steve Norman – who is the Labour group’s newly-elected Leader in the area – raised his concerns about the rising estimated cost of repairs to the Victorian dam which have risen from £1m to £4.5m.

As it stands, the taxpayer will fund the repairs, despite the wider West Midlands region benefiting via the canal network.

And Conservative councillors joined Cllr Norman’s calls at the annual meeting. He said:

“The then Lichfield District Council Leader, Councillor David Smith, failed to persuade his colleagues in the West Midlands, when he was Chairman of the West Midlands Assembly, of his case for sharing the costs but I am sure one of the first letters Mr Fabricant will be writing is to Mr Cameron making the case for financial help with the costs of essential repairs.

“I’m also confident that he will also publicise his letter (or if he’s lucky his question at Prime Minister’s questions) and the reply he gets alongside all the other letters or meetings he has had to assist Lichfield District Council taxpayers. I cannot believe that all he has done is to ask two questions as he always says how hard working he is.  I am sure there is a lot more work he has done that he can refer to when he writes to Mr Cameron.”

Mr Fabricant has said that he is prepared to follow-up on Cllr Norman’s request. He said:

“If I am contacted by Lichfield District Council with a specific request regarding Chasewater Dam, of course I will take the matter up with the Government.  It really goes without saying!”

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1 Comment

  1. Steve

    14th May, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    why do you need a specific request Mr F? Can’t you just ask anyway, or might you risk embarrassing your new Government?