A move to save £9,500 year by not locking parks in Burntwood have been criticised by a local councillor.
The changes will save cash as Lichfield District Council looks to trim the budget and fill a funding hole.
But the revelation that the aborted Friarsgate project is likely to cost the local authority around £7million has led to criticism the Labour opposition group.
Cllr Sue Woodward: “The money saved by not locking park gates in Burntwood is peanuts when compared to the money spent on the costs associated with the aborted Friarsgate project in Lichfield.”
The comments come as figures revealed that capital spend on projects not owned by Lichfield District Council in Burntwood since May 2015 was a mere £1,360 on a play area at Cherry Close.
Cllr Woodward added: “This is a tiny, tiny fraction of what has already been spent on the wasteland that is Friarsgate.
“Yes , a Plan B for Friarsgate needs to be developed as soon as possible but other areas of the district, especially Burntwood, need funds for regeneration too.”