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Burntwood councillor calls on Lichfield District Council to give town a fair share of funding

A Burntwood councillor has called for the town to be given a “fair share” of investment in 2019.

Cllr Sue Woodward has called for a review of capital spending at Lichfield District Council following the demise of the Friarsgate redevelopment in Lichfield which bit the dust last year, leaving taxpayers with a £7.9million bill for the failed scheme.

Sue Woodward
Cllr Sue Woodward

The leader of the Labour opposition group has now written to the local authority’s Conservative leader Cllr Mike Wilcox about the issue – and he has replied to say he will be looking at the areas of concern.

Cllr Woodward said: “I have made repeated calls during for a fundamental review of the council’s capital investments since the collapse of Friarsgate.

“It’s time that areas outside the city, including Burntwood, got their fair share of council spend. After all, Burntwood makes up around a third of the district’s population but has seen minimal investment.

“I’ll continue to press the council leadership to make up for lost time in 2019.” 

Cllr Woodward says she has identified a number of investment priorities for the town:

  • Investment in improving the parks in Burntwood, particularly replacing play equipment and improving the parks “offer”.
  • Investment in extra care/supported housing for older people thereby freeing up family homes.
  • A recommitment to an arts/leisure/recreational facility alongside the Burntwood Leisure Centre to provide a sizeable community venue for a whole range of activities. 
  • A financial commitment to improve access to Chasewater from the Burntwood side of the park including car parking opportunities and walking/cycling pathways and facilities. 
  • A commitment to fund improved facilities at Chasewater itself.
  • A review of parking in the town’s shopping areas to improve parking arrangements and the environment and improve the local shopping experience for residents.

Cllr Woodward added: “I’m taking Cllr Wilcox at his word and trust that we’ll see a readjustment of capital spending plans across the district.

“It simply won’t wash to see more and more spending on the Birmingham Road site to cover the Conservative’s political embarrassment while other areas are starved of cash.”

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1 Comment

  1. Philip Brindley

    5th January, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I can’t believe nobody has still been held to account for the farce and collapse of the friarsgate fiasco. I have no confidence in Wilcox and think the people of Burntwood deserve someone that has mutual interest instead of just a biased Lichfield one.

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