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Five Spires Live has discovered that Lichfield District Council’s new 400-space car park on The Friary is being used to house vulnerable local people and families.
The LEGO Award nominated building, designed by pupils from Christ Church primary school, was officially opened by Councillor David Leytham, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, in November. He said: “I was delighted to do the honours and cut the ribbon to launch this fantastic multi-purpose facility. Lichfield is such a popular city and it is really important that we have plenty of parking spaces to offer to our Supported Housing residents. It is great to see the car park being used in this way, and it will no doubt be invaluable to the homeless in the lead up to Christmas.”
The long-stay car park features 54 spaces allocated to Bromford Housing residents spread across a number of decks, a lift for the disabled and those incapacitated by drink or drugs to access the different levels, an electric wheelchair charging point and 24 hour use of the public toilets (optional).
“We’re all really proud to have launched our first DIY housing scheme,” commented a spokesman for Bromford. “We have allocated all 54 spaces and families have now started moving in. In a matter of days many have been able to furnish and decorate their spaces and some have even found time to put up Christmas decorations. As part of the deal we have installed windows for some of the residents.”
The chairman was joined on the opening day by district council officers and a representative from S Harrison – the developer of The Friary scheme.
David Clancy, Director of S Harrison Developments Ltd, said: “The Friary is an excellent example of how mixed use development is delivering real profits for the company. With Lichfield District Council we have transformed a former car park site into a car park site. Many Bromford clients were sleeping in the car park previously so we are proud to say that they have now been provided with a roof over their heads.”
One of the new residents, Mike Hunt, commented: “ It’s really great to be living here, I can now nick a car without even leaving the house.”
To find out more about the development or apply for an appartment, visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/thefriary