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Petition to save Lichfield leisure centre hits 7,000 signatures

More than 7,000 people have now signed a petition against plans to close Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

The campaign has already forced a temporary stay of execution while Lichfield District Council looks again at possible options.

Talks between the local authority, Staffordshire County Council and The Friary School have taken place, but have not found a way to break the deadlock.

The school’s plan to become an academy has been at the heart of the argument, with the county council proposing to hand over parts of the leisure centre to support the move.

But that would leave other aspects – such as the swimming pool – in doubt due to the fact that they are currently subsidised by the sports hall and outdoor pitch, with Lichfield District Council claiming they would no longer be viable as standalone facilities.

Doug Pullen
Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of the district council, said that despite talks failing to find an immediate answer, he remained hopeful.

“All partners at the meeting made a firm commitment to explore a range of potential options to address the immediate threat of closure, as well as look at future options for more sustainable leisure provision in the district.

“While an immediate solution was not agreed, we are working collaboratively, with an ambition to bring forward a full assessment of all options after the summer.”

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  1. Steve

    30th July, 2019 at 6:42 am

    A public meeting to allow local people and local groups to have their say will take place on Monday 7 October 2019. Further details will be published to this page soon.

  2. ChrisDC

    30th July, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    There must be a way to #SaveFriaryGrange listen to the strength of public feeling and sor something out LDC, SCC and Friary School. All currently taxpayer funded organisations that cant work together to provide facilities for …the taxpayer

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