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A Good Gateway to Lichfield?

September 15, 2018 12:23 AM
By Richard Rathbone

Richard Rathbone - Friarsgate

A great deal of time and money has been lost for no progress with the collapse of the Lichfield Council 'Friarsgate' city development plan. Now recriminations and Conservative infighting threaten to cause more delays.
What is needed now are new ideas and a fresh approach.
The grey hoardings that now greet visitors arriving in Lichfield are an ugly contrast to the listed building at St John in the Bars. New buildings must harmonise with the existing older architecture in the town.

There is no need for Lichfield to be turned into yet another anonymous Midlands town full of bleak concrete boxes as described in the failed Friarsgate plan.
Close cooperation with local housing associations could offer a mix of affordable and social housing for rent and improve choice and affordability. Such housing along with a cinema, leisure centre or even a small heritage museum would help to maintain a lively city centre.
Liberal Democrats believe in effective local government to celebrate what makes communities unique.

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