Council chiefs have been urged to turn on the spending taps and deliver on their pledge to build a new leisure centre in Lichfield.

A plan of the new leisure centre layout at Stychbrook Park
A plan of the new leisure centre layout at Stychbrook Park

Proposals for a new facility at Stychbrook Park were originally put forward as the long term replacement for Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

The local authority has previously pledged £5million to help support the development, but it was dealt a blow when an application to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund was rejected.

Cllr Iain Eadie, cabinet member for leisure, has now said a review has suggested the council money earmarked for the new centre could be used to fund future leisure provision across the community rather than via a single location.

But Cllr Alastair Little, independent member for Hammerwich with Wall, said the local authority needed to start spending some of the million of pounds it has in general reserves to keep its promises and provide for local people.

“I ask the leader of the council to turn the funding taps on and provide facilities – especially ones promised in front of hundreds of residents following a petition signed by more than 10,000 people.”

Cllr Alastair Little, Lichfield District Council

Other members of the council have also called for the council to keep to its commitments on the delivery of a new leisure centre.

Cllr Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat representative for Chadsmead, said:

“A clear promise was made by the Conservative council in 2019 – and it was made publicly at the Lichfield Garrick.

“Lichfield’s residents have expressed their view loud and clear that a leisure centre is a priority.

“The council is not listening.”

Cllr Paul Ray, Lichfield District Council

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  1. Don’t understand why the Friarsgate site is not being earmarked for the leisure centre – central, close to other facilities/ transport/ parking, avoids building on greenbelt etc.

  2. Totally agree. Deluded Councillors with no consideration for their residents. Friary Grange Leisure was paid for by tax payers as a local provision when constructed. That it should remain and not take green space in residential site. Nobody seems to mention what happened to the second public pool many years ago built on the King Edwards site.

  3. Totally agree with Julian. Guess LDC will make more money by using some of [as much as possible!!] Friarsgate for more housing, but that site is made for a new Leisure Centre with Community use facilities, even if we lose the full size football pitch. Right central location, good public transport close by, with lots of eating places etc. LDC know this but refuse to engage. They prefer using our valued green park space instead of brown field sites.

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