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Cabinet to meet in “bigger venue” to allow public to hear debate on future of Lichfield leisure centre

A Cabinet meeting which will see the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre debated his set to be held in a bigger venue to allow more people to attend.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

More than 7,500 people have now signed a petition in a bid to prevent the facility from closing.

Lichfield District Council has now revisited the decision, which has been caused by plans for the profit-making elements of the leisure centre to be transferred to The Friary School to support a plan to become an academy.

Doug Pullen
Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of the local authority, has previously pledged to hold the next stage of the debate over the site’s future in public – a move which has led the council to consider increasing the capacity for the meeting.

He said: “I’ve said that we will be an open and transparent council, so we’re in the process of securing a larger venue for our 7th October Cabinet meeting so that as many people as want to attend can do so.

“We will also dedicate 45 minutes to public participation – an unprecedented step.”

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  1. Steve

    5th August, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I wonder if our “good MP” will turn up.

    Would be lovely to hear his views and for him to stop hiding behind the “it’s a council decision” defence.

  2. Mick

    7th August, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Unless there are TV cameras there – Fabricant won’t turn up. It’s all about him you see…..

  3. Craig

    10th August, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I’m positive Friary Grange Leisure Centre have some sports hall they could hire out for a reasonable fee. It would easily accommodate the additional attendees and focus the mind of our councillors.

  4. Flossy

    10th August, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    School hall cum theatre will be cheaper more appropriate than Garrick

  5. AnnS

    10th August, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    That made me laugh Craig. 😂

  6. FiveSpiresLive (@FiveSpiresLive)

    11th August, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I’d have thought the Garrick would be an ideal venue in view of the potential numbers attending. And the theatre shouldn’t make a charge bearing in mind the subsidy it receives from the community. And there’s nothing else on that evening. Sorted.

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