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Council criticised over move to save £9,500 by not locking park gates in Burntwood at a time when £7million has been spent on aborted Friarsgate project

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.

Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

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.”

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3 Comments

  1. Philip John

    28th June, 2018 at 9:37 am

    What’s worse about this is that the work to make this recommendations of more cuts was likely going on at the same time as the work to recommend the council get a huge loan and fork out £49m to find the already clearly failing Friarsgate project.

    They’re fine spending millions on a shopping centre for big business but don’t want to spend £9.5k on a park? If ever you needed an example of how unfit for local office these people are, this is it.

  2. Colin Ball

    28th June, 2018 at 10:20 am

    You couldn’t make this up, could you? Well done, Sue, for exposing yet another shambles of this Tory controlled District Council. Why don’t they all just resign en masse now and set in train a whole series of by-elections, to give the people of Lichfield District the chance to have a Labour controlled Council to sort out this mess and end the iniquity of wasting loads of our money on this Friarsgate fiasco and next to nothing in Burntwood?

  3. U Woodcock

    29th June, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Totally agee, LDC live in cloud cuckoo land. Time they looked after the people who pay their wages. Disasstisfied Burntwood resident.

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