A councillor has claimed a petition over the future of Lichfield Library was based on “a scare campaign of misinformation”.
A war of words has broken out between Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant and the Green Party over the switch from The Friary to St Mary’s in the Market Square.
The Conservative MP had accused the Green Party – which led the petition – of making incorrect claims over the future of the current library site.
Robert Pass, chairman of the local branch of the Greens suggested the comments were “an insult to the 5,562 people from the area who signed the petition”.
But now Cllr Jon O’Hagan has also criticised the campaigners.
The Conservative representative for Stowe ward on Lichfield District Council said: “Theirs was a scare campaign of misinformation.
“The petition asked people to save the library, not the building. The library was never at risk.”
But a spokesperson for the Green Party insisted the wording on the petition, which called for “an open and democratic public consultation on the future of Lichfield Library” was factual.
They said: “The wording was as clear as day.
“The petition was unambiguous. Many people did not want to lose the building [The Friary] to a developer.”