Leisure centre site surveys to resume at Stychbrook Park

Stychbrook Park sign

Work starts on Monday 7 June to learn more about the suitability of the ground at Stychbrook Park for construction of a leisure centre.

Holes will be dug around the park to assess soil conditions and take groundwater depth measurements.

A survey will also assess the ecological impact of the project and identify any valuable or protected animals, plants or habitats within Stychbrook Park along with a search for any archaeological sites to help understand past uses of the land.

Traffic surveys on Curborough Road and the junction with Eastern Avenue will also be carried out to assist with future traffic management plans.

The information gathered from the site investigations is being used to inform initial design planning for the proposed new leisure centre and secure support for the project from organisations such as Sport England.

Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Major Projects, said:

“We still have a long way to go, but I am pleased to see this work continuing in line with our commitment to replace Friary Grange Leisure Centre with a new facility in north Lichfield.

“I understand park users will be concerned about further disruption to the park given recent events, but I can assure them that Stychbrook Park will remain open and accessible at all times during the work which will only take one or two weeks to complete.”

The proposed new leisure centre is intended to feature a 25 metre swimming pool with a movable floor to support swimming lessons, a fitness suite and three group exercise studios/multi-function rooms. Also intended is a 3G artificial turf football pitch at the rear of the centre.

Published: 1 June 2021