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Recent Articles

  • Paul Ray 2019
    Article: Oct 6, 2020

    Lichfield District Council (LDC) has passed a motion to declare a climate change emergency which the Lichfield and Burntwood Liberal Democrats have fully supported as "it is the defining issue of our time". But they say that we need real action from our council - and so have specific proposals for LDC.

  • Miles Trent
    Article: Sep 15, 2020

    Local councils across the country have been left perplexed by the shambolic nature of the government's announcement last week that Covid-secure marshals will be introduced in towns and city centres in England to try and ensure that social distancing rules are followed.

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Miles Trent states:

  • Paul Ray & Potholes in Weston Road
    Article: Aug 25, 2020

    Councillor says short term fix isn't enough as "dreadful and dangerous" Lichfield road is due to be resurfaced

    Paul Ray says he is pleased to hear that a "dreadful and dangerous" road in Lichfield is being repaired - but has insisted a short term fix isn't enough.

    Weston Road is due to be resurfaced next month after becoming pitted with potholes.

  • Public Health England - Imagine
    Article: Aug 21, 2020
    By Cllr Hugh Ashton - Garrick Ward of Lichfield City Council

    The dismantling of Public Health England is yet another indication of the corruption and incompetence of the Johnson government

    Once more, the Johnson Conservative government refuses to take responsibility for its own mistakes. Claiming that Public Health England (PHE) has failed to provide proper guidance during the pandemic, it has been announced that PHE will be dismantled, and will be merged with NHS Track, Test and Trace.

  • Hugh Ashton
    Article: Jul 25, 2020
    By Cllr Hugh Ashton - Garrick Ward of Lichfield City Council

    Lichfield City Councillor Hugh Ashton - Garrick Road ward (Liberal Democrat) writes:

    I recently wrote to Mr Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, regarding the protection of the National Health Service from American capital and influence. On 13 July, he replied to me courteously and at some length, but the reply seems to have been very largely a cut and paste from a template, presumably circulated to all Conservative MPs who had been contacted by constituents on this issue.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2020

    https://friendsoffriarygrange.com/2020/07/20/open-letter/

    The campaign to get Friary Grange Leisure Centre reopened post-lockdown is building (see previous news item).

    Although Burntwood Leisure Centre will open on 25th July Lichfield District Council is saying that Friary Grange Leisure Centre will not open until October!

  • Article: Jul 15, 2020

    Two Lichfield councillors have criticised a plan to keep Friary Grange Leisure Centre closed until October.

    Lichfield District Council will reopen Burntwood Leisure Centre on 25th July after the Government eased coronavirus restrictions.

    But a report to an overview and scrutiny committee meeting tomorrow (16th July) said Friary Grange Leisure Centre was to remain shuttered for the next few months.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2020

    Cllr Paul Ray, the Liberal Democrat representative for Chadsmead, said he was hopeful Lichfield District Council would be able to keep people off the streets.

    "The COVID-19 crisis has been very difficult for our community and country, and as we move forward the impact that it will have on the economy and people's jobs is a real concern.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: May 18, 2020
    By Councillor Paul Ray

    Councillor Paul Ray says he hopes a cross-party plan will boost trade in Lichfield when coronavirus restrictions are eased further.

    A motion was proposed at both Lichfield City Council and Lichfield District Council to develop a roadmap to ensure the economic hit of COVID-19 is mitigated as much as possible.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2020

    Crucial council and government support available for our local businesses

    This is a very difficult time for all of us individually and also for businesses and so it is important to highlight the government financial support that is available to them.

    This includes Small Business Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 which are being paid out by Lichfield District Council. The Small Business Grant of £10,000 is available to businesses receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief and the larger grant of £25,000 is available for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000.