People power has won through after Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet voted to reverse a decision to close Friary Grange Leisure Centre.
The city’s last public facility had originally been earmarked for closure from April 2020 – a move which was reviewed after thousands signed a petition protesting against the plans.
But now the pool and gym are set to remain open while an alternative long-term plan for a leisure centre is developed.
Members of the public and campaigners packed out the Lichfield Garrick this evening (7th October) for a specially-convened meeting of the Cabinet where to options were on the table – closure or keeping what is left of the centre open.
Some parts of Friary Grange, including the sports hall and all-weather pitch, have already been handed over to the trust behind The Friary School’s plans to become an academy.
But tonight’s decision will see the pool retained as well as the gym, if councillors approve the decision at a meeting of the full council.