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Leader hails consultation events as council looks for new vision for future of land earmarked for failed Friarsgate project

The leader of Lichfield District Council says consultation events will help to find a way forward following the collapse of the Friarsgate redevelopment scheme.

Cllr Mike Wilcox was speaking after 300 people attended an event at Lichfield Guildhall yesterday (6th March)

People at the consultation event
People at the consultation event

As well as offering their views on the future of the newly-rebranded Birmingham Road Site, visitors also found out more about the role of the working group in creating a future vision for the vacant land.

The event followed a discussion last month involving groups including Lichfield City Council and Lichfield Business Improvement District.

Cllr Mike Wilcox
Cllr Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox said: “I’m really pleased so many local people, groups and stakeholders have got involved in the initial phases of the Birmingham Road Site development process.

“Both events have given us the opportunity to find out what local people and key organisations want for the area, within the framework of the wider city centre and the context of the changing nature of the high street and different economic landscape.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us at the events. We’ve had lots of ideas and views, which the members task group will go through when looking at the next stage in the planning process.

“If you didn’t manage to make it to either of the events, but would like to give us your ideas for what the Birmingham Road Site could include, please email your thoughts to”

The events took place as a draft brief was drawn up ahead of consultants being appointed to create a new plan for the land earmarked for Friarsgate.

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  1. Clare E

    7th March, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    It’s a shame the old fashioned council technique of sticky dot on a proposal we have dreamt up is the way they have gone about ‘consultation’.
    Shame there is no proper engagement or opportunity for residents to develop ideas jointly.
    Also note from Jon Oates pictures that only 4 people under the age of 50 attended.
    How are they engaging with kids or young adults or even nearly middle aged adults! They have to do more and work harder to get those groups to feed in. Go to schools and run workshops. Use Facebook, Twitter etc.
    If you ask the same question to the same people you will get the same answer….

  2. Michel Souris

    7th March, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I have turned over a new leaf and will not be criticising our beloved local politicians in future. They try their best, particularly Mike Wilcox, to meet our expectations, are dedicated to making Lichfield a great place to live, investing in the future of the City and they have a vision to make Lichfield the hub of The District. I think we should show our appreciation for them by voting them out of office in May and giving them the chance for a long period of rest and recuperation…maybe in Menorca…if they can escape the City on roads forested by traffic lights with more to come in the future apparently.

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