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The pool at Friary Grange Leisure Centre

A community group say a survey shows there is demand for the immediate reopening of Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Lichfield District Council has opted to keep the city facility shuttered until October following the coronavirus closure.

Users have been forced to seek other leisure options in Burntwood and surrounding areas.

But the Friends of Friary Grange say a poll of users show the need for Lichfield to have a leisure centre open again as soon as possible.

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“The results of this survey represent the views of people who stated they used Friary Grange Leisure Centre prior to closure as a result of COVID-19. 

“The results are not intended to be fully representative and we will update the statistics as more responses are received, but what is clear is that there is demand for the centre to be re-opened.

“What is also very clear is that just 15% of users intend to travel to Burntwood while Friary Grange remains closed.  This means that any decisions about opening Friary Grange based on demand at Burntwood are questionable at best.

“We urge Lichfield District Council to improve communication with the public.

“This situation needs clarity – will the council listen to the public and open our leisure centre now, and will Cllr Doug Pullen recommit to the council’s pledge to not only keep Friary Grange open, but to build a new, fit for purpose, leisure centre for our city?”

Friends of Friary Grange spokesperson


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  1. I agree, the Friary Grange Leisure Centre needs to be opened immediately. Strict COVID-19 measures could be implemented so that the pool can be used safely. Our youngsters, especially from the swimming club need to be able to swim there instead of going to other pools.

  2. This is part of the councils plan.

    Prove Burntwood has been a great success. No need for a pool in Lichfield. Throw loads of money at the pool and then gift to the school.

    The council is not as stupid as we think. They have a plan.

  3. Steve you could be right, I have spoken to one or two Friary leisure centre Gym users who say they are not going to go to Burntwood as it is too far from say Whittington for me it would be 10 miles each way. The council have a plan. Boris says get fit, Fabbo says ay the council say no go to Macs whilst we fatten up lichfield

  4. Since SCC have gifted half the Leisure Centre and grounds, plus assorted taxpayer funded real estate to a company with no assets (sounds familiar? Ferries, ventilators.,PPE), with the involvement of some LDC councillors, not a long leap to handing the rest over. Remember the only reason Friary Academy didn’t have it was because they didn’t want the non-profit making bit. Really had the community and the children in mind there, didn’t they….. Or was it the £££?

  5. They wanted to close it, but backtracked when they saw the strength of public interest. COVID closed it, so they leave it closed and thus achieve the original plan to close, with a handy excuse for breaking the promise made at the public meeting in the Garrick.


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