Lichfield Guildhall
Charges for hiring Lichfield Guildhall could be set to rise. Lichfield City Council will discuss recommendations for an increase of around three per cent in booking fees at a meeting next week. The move comes on the back of the City Council’s budget plan which revealed that income generated by hiring out the venue had fallen by ten per cent. Market stall holders in Lichfield could also be in line for a rent rise. Councillors will discuss recommendations for a 50p rise in charges for stalls at all of the city’s markets. The draft budget paints a testing picture for the council, with an acceptance that in future “any major expenditure will need to be met from revenue or borrowing”. This is because the council has previously been able to dip into a £748,000 pot received from the sale of land at Shortbutts Lane in 2006. However, a council tax freeze combined with the purchase of Donegal House and the Guildhall freehold last year and costs associated with the Heritage Parks Project means that money will have been spent by March. The council has also been forced to set aside £200,000 for “major repairs” to a number of buildings it currently operates, including the Samuel Johnson Birthplace, the Guildhall and Donegal House.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.