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Lichfield District Council to discuss latest on Friarsgate behind closed doors

The latest developments in the Friarsgate project will be discussed by councillors this week – but the public will be barred from the debate.

An artist's impression of the new Friarsgate development

An artist’s impression of the new Friarsgate development

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet will explore a report on the long-awaited project tomorrow (December 5).

But the agenda for the meeting has revealed no members of the public or media will be permitted to be present for that section of the discussions.

The private section of the agenda for Lichfield District Council's Cabinet meeting

The private section of the agenda for Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet meeting

A council spokesperson said: “The report to Cabinet on Friarsgate is not open to the public and press because there will be commercially sensitive information shared at the meeting, including financial and legal matters.”

The Friarsgate redevelopment has been a long time coming, with a council report in June admitting delays to the project had been “disappointing”.

The same report also claimed work would start on the scheme before the end of 2017.

Other confidential items will also be on the agenda at tomorrow’s meeting, including leisure services and plans to spend “in excess of £50,000 on consultants for a planning appeal”.

The decision to hear the Friarsgate update behind closed doors follows previous criticism for the council when it opted to discuss the future of car parking charges and a relocation of the Tourist Information Centre away from public eyes earlier this year.

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  1. Steve

    4th December, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I am glad this is behind closed doors. Really don’t want to see our councillors getting shafted by the developers.

    I am sure our MP will be making sure is all OK. Glad we don’t have some lazy, self publicist who is just interested, in themselves and stupid photo opportunities.

  2. Nellygb

    4th December, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Good move cause this doesn’t affect the council tax payers in any way does it. FFS why do we allow ourselves to continually be treated with such contempt by highly paid individuals who quite possibly don’t even live in the area. A total shambles the lot of them!

  3. John Griffin

    4th December, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Commercial confidentiality on leisure centres and big money bill as well? Truly transparent.

  4. Toast

    5th December, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Democracy in action. Isn’t Tory Britain wonderful?

  5. Concerned Citizen

    9th December, 2017 at 8:36 am

    What feedback has been given about this matter? In the spirit of open, transparent democracy will Cllr Wilcox, notional leader of this Council, tell the electorate what is happening with Friarsgate? Or is the weather too cold for him?