Lichfield District Council planning to bid for £1million of funding to improve Stowe Pool

Stowe Pool could be set for a major revamp if a bid for £1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund is successful.

Stowe Pool

Stowe Pool

Lichfield District Council is hoping to win the money to pay for improvements such as a new entrance, play area and refurbished paths.

But the local authority also wants to hear from local residents about how else the funding could be spent if the bid is successful.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinetmember for parks, said: “Stowe Pool is a popular open space in the heart of Lichfield and we’re keen to secure this funding so we can bring it up to the quality of Beacon Park, Minster Pool and the Garden of Remembrance, which underwent extensive restoration works in 2010 and 2011 as part of our Lichfield Historic Parks Project.”

The council will be collecting ideas at a drop-in workshop at the Discovery Hub in Beacon Park on November 28, between 10am and 3pm.

People can also give their views online before December 31.

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  1. Thornton

    16th November, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I’ll be adding my opinion to the relevant website shortly but I think ways to encourage wildlife would be money well spent for example nesting areas for birds. I don’t think that money should be spent trying to ‘improve’ the area too much as this could spoil it’s tranquility and certainly not try to make it similar to beacon park. This is not the place for another theme park.

  2. Steve

    17th November, 2015 at 12:22 am

    LDC can’t be bothered bidding for a million pounds for Burntwood though. Or even five pounds. Just saying. When was the last time LDC invested there? Or even attempted to?

  3. AgitatorofPeople

    18th November, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Does it need improving? going by all of the sunset pictures from the pool towards the cathedral that I keep seeing, it is the most picturesque place in Lichfield.
    However a million pounds spent on public services and local facilities that have been cut because of “Austerity” would be of far more use.

  4. Thornton

    19th November, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    To be honest, I think they shouldn’t bother bidding for Stowe Pool’s case. I’m sure there are other areas of the Lichfield district which could do with a million quid. Stowe Pool is fine as it is.

  5. Asellus aquaticus

    20th November, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    There may well be other ways to spend a million, but if you read the article this is a bid for external funding – it’s for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it’s not investment from the council.

    The HLF won’t fund gaps in public services and local facilities, so why not try to get external funding where you can?

    Getting external funding means less demand on local funds, but don’t let that get in the way of having a pop at the local council.

  6. Thornton

    20th November, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I can’t see that anybody was having a pop.

    Lichfield district is a large area and perhaps other areas could do with more investment.