Christopher J. Wilkinson signs petition to stop construction of Festival Gardens filter lane

Lichfield City Council is planning to build a filter lane which will encroach upon the beautiful Festival Gardens. This is something I strongly oppose. As with other developments such as those in Nether Stowe and Leyfields, the lack of regard for the value urban green spaces such as this provide for local residents and touristsContinue reading “Christopher J. Wilkinson signs petition to stop construction of Festival Gardens filter lane”

Debate on takeaway proposal critiqued by independent

The free market should determine what businesses set up in commercial areas, not local governments. The council should not have been in a position to decide one way or the other about a proposed takeaway on the site of an existing cake shop. …the issue of parking has crept into the situation; incidentally, this issueContinue reading “Debate on takeaway proposal critiqued by independent”

Staffordshire County Council civic spending lambasted by independent

Lichfield Live has reported that Staffordshire County Council in cooperation with Veolia are offering cash grants of up to £750 for not-for-profit organisations, voluntary and community groups, schools, societies and charities to fund projects aimed at improving the local environment. Considering the growing number of lost jobs, failed and failing businesses, liquidity problems, mental healthContinue reading “Staffordshire County Council civic spending lambasted by independent”

Independent scorns Staffordshire County Council climate change spending

Why allocate £1.2 million of taxpayer’s money to fight climate change when more practical and economical environmental measures are most needed? We need cleaner water to beautify our natural habitat and protect local wildlife, more trees to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality caused by road traffic, protection and enhancement of our urban greenContinue reading “Independent scorns Staffordshire County Council climate change spending”

Plans for Leyfields housing development face independent concerns

Considering the above-target deliverance of housing in Lichfield, is it necessary to earmark urban green spaces in Leyfields and Nether Stowe for further housing developments? My answer is no. If only the council showed the same drive towards constructing a viable city centre redevelopment as it does for housing, we might end up with anContinue reading “Plans for Leyfields housing development face independent concerns”

Independent raises doubts over new location for Friary Grange Leisure Centre

The decision on whether Stychbrook Park should be selected as the proposed site of the new Leisure Centre has been hurried through without much time for public scrutiny. This is clearly unacceptable. As with the new housing developments proposed for Netherstowe and Leyfields, the environment should not be compromised for the sake of generating additionalContinue reading “Independent raises doubts over new location for Friary Grange Leisure Centre”

Independent backs petition to save Netherstowe green space

I have signed a petition on Change.org to save a valuable green space in the Netherstowe area. Several old horse chestnut trees are under threat of damage or removal if houses are to be built on this site. There is also a danger that the increased traffic generated could worsen congestion in the area aroundContinue reading “Independent backs petition to save Netherstowe green space”