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Lichfield MP keen to see city showcase sights and attract more tourists

Lichfield’s MP has called on the city to showcase itself to a broader audience.

Michael Fabricant visiting the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Michael Fabricant visiting the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Mr Fabricant’s comments came as he sought to highlight some of the region’s gems as part of English Tourism Week.

He also spoke to tourism minister Michael Ellis about some of the area’s best attractions, but the Conservative MP said it was time for the city to attract even more visitors.

“Lichfield is still a hidden gem which partly gives it its charm,” he said. “But I am keen that it become just a little bit less hidden in order to promote local businesses.

“So I visited the cathedral, Dr Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace Museum, Darwin House and The Garrick. I was accpompanied by the Chairman of Lichfield District Council, theMayor of Lichfield, the Town Crier and others, along with the team from Visit Lichfield who promote the area. The aim was to use social media to spread the message of Lichfield far and wide.

Michael Fabricant with tourism minister Michael Ellis

Michael Fabricant with tourism minister Michael Ellis

“I met a fabulous Canadian couple who had never heard of Lichfield before, but said how pleased they were to visit our ‘fine city’. Then earlier in the week, I met up with Michael Ellis, our Tourism Minister, to tell him all about Lichfield and the attractions of the surrounding district.”

English Tourism Week takes place from March 17 to 25.

Mr Ellis said: “From the beautiful Cornish Riviera to the iconic Hadrian’s Wall, England boasts a wealth of unique heritage, breath-taking views, and world-class culture.

“English Tourism Week is a great opportunity for us to showcase the very best of what our country has to offer. In 2017 more than 44 million Brits holidayed in the UK and this week gives us a chance to raise the profile of the destinations that are so important at creating jobs and supporting the local economy.”

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  1. Roy Appleby

    23rd March, 2018 at 9:46 am

    How do they get into the town when it’s gridlocked nearly all the time ? Also where are they going to park ?

  2. Steve

    23rd March, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Best to point out. Any disabled visitors or families with pushchairs, should not bother going to Trent Valley as there are no lifts.

    Also, best to go to the toilet before you get the train. As the toilets are rarely working on the train and Lichfield City does not have any toilets.

    Friarsgate is flying up now. They will be able to shop there any minute now. Unless the private meetings the council insist on, have highlighted any problems. But we the people of Lichfield are not allowed to know what is happening in our local area.

  3. Michael Fabricant

    23rd March, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    It’s a City!
    But I take your point and will pass it on to the Leader of the Council.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    23rd March, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I heard a comment recently that Friarsgate has bitten the dust. The developers have cold feet and are trying to extract more from LDC. It is funny that Mike Wilcox & the Council have been very quiet on the topic – indeed very quiet on just about everything – which lends credence to the comment. No doubt the Council will justify putting more resource into the developers so Friarsgate happens and all Council Tax payers foot the bill.
    On another topic, how many citizens took up Cllr Eadie’s offer of £36 to have their brown bins emptied?
    Do we still have a Council in Lichfield? They are strangely anonymous at the moment. No doubt next year when there are elections then we will hear about their achievements or am I being cynical?

  5. Nodge

    28th March, 2018 at 11:32 am

    It’s so easy to be cynical because there’s a lot to be cynical about in Lichfield. The council are the most ineffectual bunch I’ve seen in a long, long time. Staffs CC are also pretty useless, but then a lot of the councillors in SCC are also LDC cohorts.
    That’s an interesting comment about Friarsgate. Concerned, I’d be keen to have a progress update from the Council about whether it’s still on track or if it has indeed been canned.

    Also, that £36 is still firmly in my wallet. My designated compost pile (on LDC’s lovely grass verge) has already begun with the first mowing of the year last weekend. Looking forward to autumn leaf fall from the trees that drop onto my property that belong to the Council.