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Plan to spend £49million on Friarsgate to be heard in private by Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet will discuss plans that could see them foot the £49million bill for Friarsgate this evening – but the talks will once again be held behind closed doors.

An artist's impression of the new Friarsgate development

An artist’s impression of the new Friarsgate development

The local authority is debating the proposals after private funding for the long-awaited redevelopment scheme failed to materialise.

The plan has drawn criticism, but the Cabinet are set to make a decision on the idea tonight (June 12).

But the section relating to the controversial funding will be heard away from the eyes and ears of the media and members of the public.

It’s not the first time the council has kept Friarsgate talks hidden from public view – a move it also used in December.

Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox

The leader of Lichfield District Council, Cllr Mike Wilcox, has insisted no final decision has been made on whether or not taxpayer funding will be used to foot the bill.

“The majority of the major Friarsgate milestones are now in place, and we are working with U+I to assemble the final piece of the jigsaw, which is the funding to deliver the scheme,” he said.

“As part of this, councillors were informally briefed on the opportunity for the council to fund the scheme at a meeting on May 22.

“This is an approach that has been taken by a number of other councils across the country to successfully kick start major developments.

“No decisions have been made and the opportunity is being explored in greater depth as part of a programme of decision making.”

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  1. Steve

    12th June, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    If this is such a great plan. All the councillors who vote for it, should be made to put their houses and their pensions into this project.

    If it succeeds they will be very rich. If it fails, they will feel the pain, as the rest of us council tax payers will feel.

    As usual, this is a done deal. They just don’t want to admit to it.

  2. AgitatorofPeople

    12th June, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    If they back the plan to spend over £49 million pounds of our money, then the people of Lichfield and Burntwood (especially Burntwood!) should get off of there idle bums and protest, in number!

  3. Concerned Citizen

    12th June, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    so much for democracy in Lichfield. How does the Council justify having discussions on this subject behind closed doors. It smacks of conspiracy to defraud the public, avoids a fair debate, lacks transparency and hints at underhand dealing by the council.
    I agree with Agitator and encourage the Lichfield District public to rise up against the Council; stop paying the Council Tax until the Council comes clean about Friarsgate.

  4. Roy Appleby

    12th June, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    It’s amazing how easy it is to waste other people’s money. They need to be ousted from office!!.