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Council leader urges residents to read report on future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre ahead of key meeting

Residents have been urged to read up on the two options for the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre ahead of a crucial meeting about the facility’s future.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet will decide the future of the city’s last remaining public leisure centre when it meets on 7th October.

The meeting has been moved to the Lichfield Garrick in order to allow more people to attend.

The two options on the table are to close the site as planned from April 2020 or to keep some elements such as the pool and gym open while a long term solution is found. Other aspects, such as the sports hall and all weather pitch are being handed over Greywood Multi-Schools Trust by Staffordshire County Council.

Doug Pullen
Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council said the factors in the decision-making process will be complex.

“We will be considering the Cabinet report at the special meeting,” he said. “It has a lot of information about the closure decision and the two possible options for the council.

“If you are coming to the special Cabinet meeting, I recommend that you take a look at the report as it will inform the debate that will take place in the second half of the meeting.

“The first part of the meeting has been set aside for members of the local community, who have registered to take part, to have their say.”

The report reveals that there has been a key change since the initial closure decision was taken, with Staffordshire County Council now prepared to offer the local authority a lease of fewer than ten years.

Other changes outlined in the report include the potential for Section 106 income, which is generated as a result of development in the district, to support any refurbishment, and the potential removal of the threat of repayment of a Sports England grant if the council continues to operate the centre until a new facility is available.

To read the report, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/fglcreport.

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2 Comments

  1. M L

    1st October, 2019 at 10:27 am

    If the council closes the facility and the report seems to really ignore the gym users. I think a lot of councilors will find themselves thrown out at the next election which is presumably why the closure was announced a short while AFTER the last election

  2. AnnS

    4th October, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    You must be joking #M L even after the Friarsgate debacle this city remained blue and the next elections are over 4 years away by which time this current debacle will have been forgotten.

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