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Lichfield David Lloyd members actively support the petition to keep Friary Grange Leisure centre open

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Following local media reports that Lichfield District Council has decided to close the Friary Grange Leisure Centre from April 2020, social media users have reacted with fury. David Lloyd Lichfield Health and Racquet club members have come out in full support of the online petition to keep the centre open to the general public.

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David Lloyd member Paul Mycock was one of the first to sign up, he said:

‘I was one of the first members to sign up to the plebiscite, closing Friary Grange will be a disaster for the general health and well-being of our members.’ Vigorously towelling-off his genitalia in the changing rooms, he added:

‘Imagine the number of Dimbles internees who will apply for the concessionary three-month introductory package at David Lloyd next summer if they can’t take a bath in the Friary Grange Pool. The members-only club will be ruined. I commend this petition to the membership.’

Objections to the proposed closure were equally vociferous in other parts of the City. Fradley mother of three under two-year-olds, Myfanwy Hertz is “gobsmacked”, she commented:

‘I am gobsmacked. I can’t believe that the swimming pool where I learnt to swim as a child ten years ago is closing down, it’s a disgrace. I’ve never been back there since mind you, but that’s not the point. Its part of our history. And what about Friarsgate and Tempest Ford and all the housing around the Saxon Penny and the canal restoration and the plight of elephants in Asia. The world’s gone raving mad.

‘Did I miss anything? Let me check on the comments section of Lichfield Live and get back to you.’

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Local politicians have been more restrained in their reactions.

Local Lib-Dem councillor for the Ward in which Friary Grange is situated, Cllr Paul X-Ray said:

‘Thank you for drawing this to my attention, being absent from most council meetings I am often late to the party unless prompted by social media.’

Concerned Lichfield (and Burntwood) MP Michael Fabricant commented:

‘Not my monkey, not my circus,’ he said, appealing to the local Polish electorate. ‘I never go swimming, for obvious reason, so I have no interest in the closure of the Leisure Centre. But as there is a general election coming I am an active supported of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers and commend their commemorative stamps set to the House.’

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Recently appointed Conservative Lichfield District Council leader Cllr Red Doug-Pullem has announced that he would like to see £2.4m spent on a new leisure centre rather than patching up Friary Grange. He added:

‘It wasn’t me.’

Cllr Mike Chuckle was unavailable for comment.

Cllr Doug-Pullem’s honeymoon period is due to end in September.

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