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A councillor who resigned as a school governor has acted with “dignity and honour”, Lichfield’s MP has said.
Cllr Jamie Checkland stepped down from the governing body of The Friary School yesterday (19th July) as the future of Lichfield’s last leisure centre continues to hang in the balance.
The Conservative member for Leomansley ward had previously apologised after breaching Lichfield District Council’s code of conduct when he failed to leave a meeting where Friary Grange Leisure Centre was being discussed.
It comes after he told a public meeting that the school “wanted its facilities back”.
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant said Cllr Checkland had acted correctly in order to resolve the issue.
He said: “Cllr Jamie Checkland has behaved with dignity and honour by resigning as chair of The Friary School [governors] to avoid a conflict of interest over the future of Friary Grange swimming pool.”
Cllr Checkland said of his decision to resign as a governor: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school.
“This step has been made to enable the school to continue to focus on the well-being and learning of the students.”