Committee chairman insists Lichfield District Council isn’t trying to offload Burntwood’s parks

Lichfield District Council has denied claims it is trying to get rid of parks in Burntwood.

There had been proposals for Burntwood Town Council to take on green spaces.

But a decision has since been deferred for a year.

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

At a recent meeting of Lichfield District Council, Labour’s Cllr Diane Evans suggested the controlling Conservative group were trying to offload the town’s green spaces.

“It has to be asked why the council is trying to get rid of parks in Burntwood while taking on parks in other parts of the district?”

Cllr Bob Awty

Cllr Bob Awty

But Cllr Bob Awty, chairman of the leisure, parks and waste management overview and scrutiny committee, rejected the claims.

“There appears to be some confusion over the parks situation,” he said. “Darwin Park in Lichfield was not adopted originally as work was not completed. In fact, it was years before any agreement could be reached.

“This is not about us trying to get rid of parks in Burntwood at all, it’s about who manages them and is actually about localism.

“Burntwood Town Council wanted to take them on.”

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