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Council confirms Lichfield Garrick will host crucial Cabinet meeting over future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre

A meeting which will decide the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre will be held at the Lichfield Garrick.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick

Lichfield District Council has opted for a bigger venue for the Cabinet meeting on 7th October to allow more members of the public to attend.

The local authority had put forward plans to shut the leisure centre from April 2020, but has been forced into a rethink after thousands signed an online petition.

Leaked emails revealed the council was now considering keeping the leisure centre open, but the meeting in October will help decide whether Lichfield will retain a leisure centre going forward.

Cllr Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “We know lots of people want to have their say on the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre, so to facilitate this we are introducing a public speaking session prior to the Cabinet debate.

“We are looking forward to hearing from a wide range of users and groups during the public session, so that the debate held by Cabinet in the second half of the meeting is fully informed by local views.”  

“Representative of local people’s views”

The meeting will take place at 6pm in the main auditorium.

Doug Pullen
Doug Pullen

Cllr Pullen added: “To help the public speaking part of the meeting run smoothly and to allow as many people and groups as possible to have their say, we are asking people to register their interest to speak by 29th September.

“We are also asking groups who wish to speak to nominate representatives who can best reflect their group’s views.

“I’d encourage anyone who wishes to speak to register as soon as possible, so we can make sure the meeting is as reflective of local people’s views as it can be.”

To register your interest email mark.hooper@lichfielddc.gov.uk. People who have registered will be contacted by the council’s democratic team from 30th September onwards with further details about speaking at the meeting.

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1 Comment

  1. wilf

    14th August, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    The panto seems to start at the Garrick earlier and earlier every year.

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