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Political leaders targeting “very best deal” for Burntwood

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has insisted talks between local authorities and landowners will deliver “the very best deal” for the area.

Representatives from Burntwood Town Council, Lichfield District Council and LCP

Representatives from Burntwood Town Council, Lichfield District Council and LCP

The town has been boosted after McDonald’s got the green light for a new drive-thru restaurant on the site of the former Kwik Save store.

And now local politicians say they want more new commercial developments to take place.

Talks have been held between Cllr Richard Mosson, leader of Burntwood Town Council, Cllr Mike Wilcox, Lichfield District Council, and the Managing Director of London and Cambridge Properties (LCP) Nick Burgess.

Cllr Richard Mosson

Cllr Richard Mosson

“It is very positive for Burntwood that both LCP and Lichfield District Council are willing to come to us and engage in discussions over future development,” said Cllr Mosson.

“We are confident that by working together we can secure the very best deal for Burntwood.”

Mr Burgess added: “It was very good to meet with the Town Council and members of Lichfield District Council and I really hope that something positive comes from it and that the people of Burntwood get the best result for the town.

“Working together is always the best way of trying to achieve what the community wants and LCP are very happy to continue the dialogue.”

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

But local Labour councillor Di Evans said more needed to be done to ensure space is being freed for new developments.

“The big problem is that land isn’t being released,” she said. “There have been opportunities for various things such as leisure, shopping and retail outlets and we’ve not seen any of it.

“The fact is that landbanking hasn’t helped Burntwood at all.

“Now larger developments are happening in Cannock and other areas and we’ve got to be careful that Burntwood doesn’t miss out again.

“What we really need are smaller shopping units. When we had the market at Kwik Save there were lots of units that people used extensively.

“But all that went and now we are left with hardly anything.”

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