Burntwood residents asked to have their say on the future of the Old Mining College Centre

Burntwood residents are being urged to have their say on the future of the Old Mining College Centre.

The Old Mining College Centre

Burntwood Town Council’s offices at the Old Mining College Centre

A draft business plan outlining £55,000 worth of improvements has been put on hold after councillors opted to “take a step back” before committing to plans which would include the creation of a mini-golf course on the site as well as spending £5,000 on the planting of new flowers.

Now Labour opposition group councillors at Burntwood Town Council are asking locals to have their say on how the building could be used better at an advice surgery at Burntwood Library on Saturday (August 5).

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

Labour group leader, Cllr Di Evans, said: “Rather than spending money here and there at the Old Mining College, we suggested that we should decide what the centre is for and to ask local people for their views.

“Yes, it’s the home of the town council, but as one of the most significant buildings in the town, it could be much more and we’d welcome people’s ideas.”

The advice surgery takes place from 10am to 11am and the councillors also want to hear which other buildings in the area people think should be given special status.

Lichfield District Council is looking to expand its Local List of buildings which may not meet the threshold for listed status but are of importance to locals.

Cllr Evans added: “We want to make sure we add all of the buildings of significance to the district council’s Local List.

“There are many local examples of fairly humble buildings which reflect the town’s history and hope people will call in to the surgery or contact us with their suggestions.”

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