Members of Lichfield Swimming Club outside the council meeting

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Members of Lichfield Swimming Club have turned out in force to make their feelings known about the potential closure of Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Members of Lichfield Swimming Club outside the council meeting

Lichfield District Council has approved a motion to defer a final decision on the facility until September.

It has proposed closing the site from April 2020, leading to a backlash from residents and groups which use the leisure centre.

Among them are Lichfield Swimming Club who visited the council meeting tonight (16th July) to make their feelings known.

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The club’s chair, Rachel Bentley, has previously branded the proposal to shut the centre as “depressing”.

Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, said the delay would allow the local authority time to ensure all options for the leisure centre to be explored.

“We are working on a plan for a meeting to consider the petition in September,” he said. “This will not be a scheduled Cabinet meeting as it is too important an issue and it will be held in public.

“At the meeting we will be inviting groups and individuals to talk and put forward their concerns, before the matter is fully debated by councillors in public.

“We want to make sure the community has a chance to have their say and is properly heard.”


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One reply on “Members of swimming club make feelings known as Lichfield District Council agrees to delay decision on future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre”

  1. I’d like to publicly thank the members of the swimming club for giving up a training night to attend the council meeting to make their feelings known. They are an absolute credit to the club!

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