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Friarsgate: Picking up the pieces after the Lichfield Tories

November 2, 2018 10:58 AM
By Cllr Paul Ray

Paul Ray - 2015 Election

The failed Lichfield Friarsgate project has so far cost £7 million. Although the Conservative councillors who have steered this project to its current disastrous stage say that £4.5 million is recoverable through land sales, this still leaves Lichfield and Burntwood communities on the hook for some £2.5 million, paid as non-recoverable legal and consultancy fees. Given the understandable outrage at this waste of public money and lack of planning, the Conservative leader of Lichfield District Council, Mike Wilcox, has agreed to a cross-party working group to determine the future of the project.
The Liberal Democrats have clear ideas for the site, including partnering with housing associations to bring family housing back to the centre of the city, creating a leisure centre there to replace some of the facilities at the ageing Friary centre, as well as providing entertainment facilities (in particular a cinema) and a heritage project to welcome visitors arriving to the "City of Festivals" by bus, coach, or train.

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