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Residents warned fight to save Friary Grange Leisure Centre is not over

Residents have been warned that the fight to save Friary Grange Leisure Centre is still not over.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

The future of the facility was thrown into doubt when Lichfield District Council announced plans to shut the site from April 2020.

But a petition backed by thousands of residents led to a review of the decision, with the local authority’s Cabinet set to make a final decision next month.

Paul Ray
Paul Ray

Cllr Paul Ray said that while the review was welcomed, it did not mean the fight was over.

The Lib Dem councillor said: “Friary Grange Leisure Centre has not yet been saved.

“I have spoken to a number of residents who have said that they understand that the centre has been saved – I can assure Lichfield residents that it has not.

“We must keep fighting to save it.”

The Cabinet meeting has been moved to the Lichfield Garrick on 7th October in order to allow more residents to attend.

The campaign group, which includes residents and councillors, has also sought independent support over the issue.

Cllr Ray said: “Based on the legal advice we have received, Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council would have a legal case to answer if the centre was closed.

“I sincerely hope that that will not happen but if it did there are key legal grounds where we feel the councils are exposed.”

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4 Comments

  1. AgitatorOfPeople

    18th September, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Absolutely right, the heat needs turning up on this before the meeting in October, while the petition has had a massive response, bigger than any other petition raised in Lichfield, it will take more to shake Staffordshire County Councillors out of their business as usual attitude and take note, LDC will repeat whatever decision SCC make.
    And regardless of political boundaries between councils and our local MP they wont count for squat when it comes to a looming General Election.
    Why isnt Michael Fabricant more involved? He has been out getting photo opportunities at Trent Valley station and the refurbished Citizens Advice, how about getting behind the campaign Michael, and have a meaningful talk with the council, parliament is currently out of session and 10,000 petition signing residents of your constituency disagree with the decision to close the leisure centre, start showing some interest in your own back yard.
    If the council can find ££large££ to temporarily tart up the multi £££million money pit that was the doomed Friarsgate project, it can invest in its own people and get some real long term payback, surely!!

  2. Mike

    18th September, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    According to a letter I have from Christopher pincher Fabricant is “the lead on the issue and that is why he has been issuing press statements on the matter.”Also Fabricant has”been liaising with SCC ” Where these press statements have been published not sure but Fabricant likes his birds and does a lot of tweeting what ever that id

  3. Mike

    18th September, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Worth bearing in mind when it comes to the council voting at the end of the October 7th meeting that Doug pullens wife is on Staffordshire county council representing Lichfield does not seem right to me that one family can basically control what happens in our town. At the next election one or both must go together with our useless MP. I have voted blue 60 years and never again sad but true

  4. John Griffin

    18th September, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Watch out for the academy connection as well, SCC will want to gift it all to Messrs Allman and the Trust, and leave the fallout to LCD to clean up.

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