Partner meeting about Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Lichfield District and Staffordshire County councils and the Friary School issue a joint statement following talks about the future of Friary Grange Leisure Centre on 18 July 2019.
Cllr Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, commented:
“Yesterday (18 July 2019) my colleague Liz Little and I met with Cllrs Phillip White and Alan White from Staffordshire County Council and Matt Allman, head teacher at The Friary School, to discuss potential options in relation to the future of Friary Grange leisure centre.
“I was really grateful that diaries were cleared so quickly to revisit our discussions, and it was a really positive start. Everyone in the room recognised the huge strength of public support for the leisure centre, and the real need for public pool provision in the district.
“All partners at the meeting also made a firm commitment to explore a range of potential options to address the immediate threat of closure, as well as look at future options for more sustainable leisure provision in the district.
“Whilst an immediate solution was not agreed yesterday, we are working collaboratively, with an ambition to bring forward a full assessment of all options after the summer.
“We’ll issue further updates as our talks progress and keep our web section www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/friaryfaqs up to date.
Cllr Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability at Staffordshire County Council, commented:
“It was good to have the opportunity to sit around the table and reflect on the public response to the potential closure of the leisure centre. At the meeting we all recognised the impact the closure of the centre, and in particular the pool, would have on the local community. Whilst this is a complex situation, it’s hugely positive that we are working collaboratively to attempt to come up with ways to help keep the centre open in the short-term, as well as identify a longer-term leisure solution for Lichfield, whilst fully supporting the school’s move to academisation.”
Matt Allman, Headteacher of The Friary School, commented:
“We were pleased to be able to contribute to the meeting and it was clear that all parties are equally committed to working hard on a resolution. As a school, we remain dedicated to our students, families and community and will continue to support the county and district councils in dealing with this matter.”