People in Lichfield and Burntwood will bounce back from the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, a councillor has said.

Cllr Alan White

Cllr Alan White was speaking at a meeting of Lichfield District Council this week.

He said that national initiatives had ensured there would be a bright future for local residents.

The Conservative representative for Whittington and Streethay said:

“The Conservative Government has provided the largest job retention scheme ever known. They provided massive amounts of grants to businesses, they’ve invested spectacular amounts in vaccines.

“We’re assuming that things are going to stay the same as they are. They aren’t – this economy is going to bounce back fantastically well due to the resilience of the British people.

“People across Lichfield district are going to be creating jobs, the economy is going to be growing and we are going to be getting back on our feet sooner rather than later.”

Cllr Alan White, Lichfield District Council

His comments came as councillors debated an increase in Lichfield District Council’s share of the council tax bill.

Members eventually voted to proceed with a 2.78% increase, despite Labour’s Cllr Dave Robertson branding it “unfathomable”.

But Cllr Colin Greatorex, Conservative representative for Stowe ward, said services could not be protected without money coming in through taxation.

“We’ve been told we’re not spending enough on prosperity and we should be spending our way out of it, then we are told we shouldn’t be spending anymore on council tax.

“None of us want to charge extra, but it’s a matter of the numbers.

“All the complimentary things that are said about the new leisure centre, bin collections, COVID grants, a worthwhile shopping service created around people who needed it during the lockdown – all of that costs money.

“It’s not just sitting there in a pot waiting to happen, it’s council tax money.

“We’ve got to collect it first in order to spend it.”

Cllr Colin Greatorex, Lichfield District Council

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7 Comments

  1. @Simon, I was literally about to say exactly that.

    The majority in Lichfield the increase will make no effect on, but for the small minority then that increase will be less able to spend on the high street.

    I think the high street is doomed personally, the landscape has changed forever. So many shops have closed or will be closing – for lichfield other than charity shops, mobile shops and some cafes there’s really not much left. Same for most high streets in the UK. Landlords aren’t going to reduce rent enough to attract new tenants and the government will not reduce rates enough either. Its a no win scenario.

    The high street will have a short lived boom due to pent-up frustration but give it a month or two then people will come to the realisation there’s so much more to life than wasting their lives browsing in shops when they could be spending time with family, going out places and eventually going on holiday.

    Perhaps to help the boom last longer the council should give free parking in all car parks in the centre and do away with silly 30 minute parking spaces. Reassign the parking attendants to something else more useful.

  2. Between this and Fabricant on Twitter making fantastical claims that Brexit will bring some unknown prosperity as yet unidentified, it’s clear that Tories major manifesto policy is hopeless optimism.

    Look forward to seeing all these new services for our money.

  3. I am fast coming to understand that it is the election process that’s the problem. Hence we keep getting the same imbeciles elected. It will ever be the same until that process of first past the post is changed to one which includes a count of elected candidates from other political perspectives. Giving the electorate more choice knowing that a diverse mix of those making the decisions in Council is likely to prevent one main party maintaining it’s status quo over the decision making. @ Darren, “Between this and Fabricant on Twitter making fantastical claims that Brexit will bring some unknown prosperity as yet unidentified, it’s clear that Tories major manifesto policy is hopeless optimism.”…. It’s not optimism it’s “suck it and see”.

  4. If you want to see the future for Lichfield, see Sankeys Corner in Burntwood. Without transformational vision, the whole area except for Dam St and the square is doomed.

  5. John Griffin wouldn’t a transformational vision for Burntwood be a great thing though. It’s so sad to see Burntwood as it is now. The forgotten cousin. Perhaps if Lichfield was to become a “living” centre, a hub that is environmentally and ecologically sound and viable then Burntwood could become a part of the Hub. A spoke leading to and from Lichfield having it’s own new “green” ventures. Burntwood would be to Lichfield a part of the wheel which both benefit from. To think of one without the other is nonsense. Together making a truly green revolution. Where people would want to visit. Burntwood as part of the vision.

  6. You know John Griffin some like to take the “pee” out of me because I speak my mind. However I know that can only mean I must be hitting the target otherwise why would they feel the need to do it. Any way I laughed all the way home from a walk into town. I realised I had used the word “imbecile” in my first comment here indiscriminately. Of course I should have discriminated hahaha against those on the council who do have vision and those that think building concrete jungles without green spaces is a good thing especially if some of the properties being built are not as carbon neutral as they possibly could be.

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