Michael Fabricant MP
Michael Fabricant

Residents have been urged to keep up the pressure on Lichfield’s MP to back the fight to save Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Michael Fabricant

A public meeting took place at Curborough Community Centre last night (15th July) after Lichfield District Council announced plans to shut the facility from April 2020.

Among those to speak was Roger Hornsby from Armitage, who said the backing of Conservative MP Michael Fabricant was crucial to the fight for the centre’s future.

“We need to get him on board,” he told the meeting. “It’s so important to keep the leisure centre open.

“I emailed our MP on Saturday morning and he will be pestered every two days.

“It shouldn’t be political but it is political. We need his support in any which way we can to make sure it stays open.

“Everyone around here recognises the fact it’s not just the physical aspect, it’s the communal aspect that the centre brings and we need to do all we can to keep it open.”

Mr Fabricant took to social media after Lichfield Live shared some of Mr Hornsby’s comments saying he was keen to hear from residents.

But he did reveal that the future of leisure provision in Lichfield may not necessarily lie at Friary Grange.


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