Time is running out for people to have their say on proposals to build a new leisure centre at a park in Lichfield.

Stychbrook Park. Picture: Google Streetview

Stychbrook Park has been earmarked as the location for the new facility when it is built to replace Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Lichfield District Council has held the consultation over recent weeks to seek views on the proposals.

A spokesperson for the local authority said:

“We know there is a great deal of support for the construction of a new leisure centre to replace Friary Grange, but are equally aware that some people have concerns about choosing a park as the location as it will take away some of the existing green space. 

“Because we are changing the use of some of the park from open space to a leisure centre we need to give residents the opportunity to put forward their own views on this change of use. 

“As part of the consultation process we will also be conducting a review of open space in the area surrounding Stychbrook Park to help assess the impact of taking up a part of park for the leisure centre.

“From the investigations we’ve already completed, we believe that Stychbrook Park could be a suitable site.

“All of this information and what we collect from this consultation will be used to help us make a final decision on whether we make Stychbrook Park a definite choice rather than a preferred one, and start drawing up designs for the leisure centre building.”

Lichfield District Council spokesperson

If the scheme goes ahead it will feature a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness suite, multi-purpose studio spaces and an outdoor 3G football pitch.

Comments can be emailed or sent in writing to Lichfield Leisure Development Team, Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YY. The closing date is Friday (15th October).

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5 Comments

  1. Bryan… You have to understand how these things work. Firstly they get building permission in principle. Then the job gets designed and costed. They find it is beyond budget so cut out the swimming pool and many other facilities. Time passes. It is not worth building a leisure centre with so few facilities. Nevertheless the land is now designated as building land so they can sell it to a developer for some ‘much needed’ housing. Once the house building has been completed it is a precedent for more of that land to be developed. The same fate probably awaits the Friasgate site.

  2. What about keeping everyone happy and provided for by leaving sports pitches on the parkland with the rest open space and using friars gate site for the following:
    Underground parking facility- swimming pools (lap +learner. ) on ground floor- first floor squash/badminton courts, studio spaces and meeting areas plus cafe and spectator galleries.

  3. Please don’t take more of our remaining green space at Stychbrook. Suggest using GKN site for new leisure centre instead of more retail units we do not need. M&S could open again in a larger unit in City centre where it was well used before.

  4. Come on LDC, who are you kidding? Just get on with it and build 250 starter homes on the site. We all know that’s what you want to do. As long as night follows day this site will never become a leisure centre.

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