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Council leader urges Lichfield residents to join Friary Grange Leisure Centre after cancelling plan to close it

People have been urged to make sure the decision to save Friary Grange Leisure Centre is warranted by using the facilities.

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet last night (7th October) voted to reverse a planned closure of the city’s last public gym and pool in April 2020.

A packed Lichfield Garrick saw councillors recommend the centre remains open until a long-term alternative is found.

The decision is still pending final approval from the full council, but it is now likely the campaign – which saw thousands sign a petition against the proposed closure – will succeed.

Cllr Doug Pullen receiving the petition outside the Garrick ahead of the Cabinet meeting
Cllr Doug Pullen receiving the petition outside the Garrick ahead of the Cabinet meeting

But Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council said it was important the value of the centre was evident going forward.

“A huge thank you to all those who attended and spoke at the Garrick at our unprecedented public meeting,” he said.

“We’re elected to represent you and I’m proud of my Cabinet colleagues for their thoughtful deliberations.

“Now it’s time for people to get down and join Friary Grange Leisure Centre.”

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1 Comment

  1. Dr Kim Rochelle SFG Action Group

    8th October, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Photo shows Councillor Doug Pullen receiving the Save Friary Grange Kids’ Poster Campaign posters. Huge congratulations to the kids who use the centre regularly for your awesome artistic talents!

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