Staffordshire news and blogs Monday 22 January 2018


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“Set fire to your house well before 8pm,” advises Lichfield fire chief 

11 Jan 18

Lichfield residents have been advised to set fire to their own homes well before 8pm if they are hoping for a response from Lichfield’s firefighters.

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Friary School parents delighted by proposed parking restrictions on Eastern Avenue 

5 Jan 18

Staffordshire County Council proposals to set up of a ‘No Waiting At Any Time Restriction’ on Eastern Avenue between Monday-Friday outside The Friary School has been welcomed by many parents.

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Brexit creates record number of zero-hour jobs, claims Lichfield MP 

19 Dec 17

Lichfield member Michael Fabricant credited the Brexit effect with the creation of thousands of unpaid jobs after the number of “unemployed” within his Lichfield constituency fell to 0.9%.

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Lichfield MP wears a blindfold to avoid contact with constituents  

23 Oct 17

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has taken to wearing a blindfold when out in public in order to reduce any possible contact with his constituents.

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Record number of racists expected to attend Lichfield Proms in the Park 

2 Sep 17

A record number of racists are expected to gather in Beacon Park for Proms in the Park on Saturday (September 2) evening.

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Lichfield Bus Station to get a new shopping trolley bay 

21 Aug 17

Lichfield District Council Planning Committee has approved plans this evening (21 August) for a new shopping trolley bay in the middle of the bus station car park.

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“Remove Samuel Johnson statue,” demand Lichfield students 

20 Aug 17

Students and academic staff from South Staffs University’s Lichfield campus will gather in the City’s Market Square to demand the removal of the statute of Dr Samuel Johnson during freshers week in September.

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Lichfield MP secures anchor tenant for Friarsgate 

10 Jul 17

The Friarsgate scheme has received a boost after Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant confirmed that he has successfully negotiated a pre-let agreement with Marks and Spencer to relocate the retailer to the new Lichfield city centre redevelopment.

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Burntwood Town Council’s foray into amateur property development “probably a mistake” admits councillor 

9 Jul 17

Dilapidated former Mining College building.

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Friarsgate design will be “hopelessly dated” 

29 Jun 17

The design of Lichfield’s fabled Friarsgate shopping centre development may be hopelessly dated by the time it is completed claims a local historian.

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Friarsgate director to be co-opted as Leader of Lichfield District Council 

24 Jun 17

U+I District Council offices Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of Friarsgate developer U+I Group, has confirmed that he will be taking up the post of Leader of the Council effective from 1 August 2017.

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Friarsgate developer claims the loss of 24 jobs at Tempest Ford is a “material start on site” 

11 May 17

The developer of Lichfield’s virtual Friarsgate shopping centre, U+I (Development Securities), claims that the redundancy of 24 workers at the Tempest Ford dealership evidences that a start on site has “materially commenced” for planning …

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Lichfield MP commends PM’s two year extension to his guaranteed salary  

21 Apr 17

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant welcomed PM Theresa May’s announcement that the Labour Party will be consigned to history in time for the summer recess.

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Police appeal for help to trace missing Lichfield District Council 

7 Mar 17

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the help of the public to trace a District Council from Lichfield.

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Stowe Field earmarked for new gypsy site following Bishop of Lichfield’s Lent Appeal 

3 Mar 17

Stowe Field has been earmarked as a permanent gypsy and traveller site following the intervention of the Bishop of Lichfield in his Lent Appeal.

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Boundary Commission: ‘Ditch Burntwood not Whittington,’ pleads Lichfield MP 

28 Feb 17

The leader of Whittington’s Amish community and chair of the so-called Green Party’s Lichfield branch, Bishop Rob-Boy Pass has backed calls for the Boundary Commission to rethink plans to move Whittington into the Tamworth constituency.

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‘Lichfield councillors can barely read briefing papers,’ claims Council’s special educational needs officer. 

9 Feb 17

Lichfield District Council Employment Committee met this evening (Thursday 9 February) to consider a report by officers pleading for elected members to avail themselves of training opportunities.

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Lichfield MP’s doctor confirms that Conservatives ‘talk out of their arses’ 

15 Jan 17

A local GP who referred Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant to a consultant proctologist has hit out at the Conservative government.

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Lichfield hospital site to be used as NHS Park & Ride facility 

30 Dec 16

Details have emerged of plans to transform the site of the former Samuel Johnson Memorial Hospital into a NHS Park Ride facility.

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EXCLUSIVE: Glastonbury Festival moves north to new Lichfield site in 2019 

21 Dec 16

Low hanging festival fruit EXCLUSIVE: The Glastonbury festival will be moving to Lichfield from its home at Worthy Farm in 2019, under plans outlined by its founder, Michael Eavis.

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Lichfield man resorts to “attempted murder” to get wife medical attention 

16 Dec 16

A Lichfield man arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of his wife has claimed that he took desperate measures to get his wife some much needed medical attention.

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District Council Leader nominated for Lichfield Festival 2017 Best Fiction award 

14 Dec 16

Cllr Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, has been nominated for the prestigious Lichfield Literature Festival Best Fiction award for his series of Friarsgate development press releases.

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Burntwood Citizens Advice closes and Amazon Echo trialled as service provider 

30 Nov 16

Staffordshire County Council approved almost £5 million in cuts to health and care services in September this year, which would see £439,000 of the Citizens Advice service’s funding being lost.

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“Sex Cafe” proposals for Lichfield shopping centre 

16 Nov 16

Proposals for an “adult café” in Lichfield’s Three Spires Shopping Centre have been submitted to the District Council’s planning department for pre-application consideration.

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Lichfield driver amazed that Streethay is unchanged after 4 month road closure 

14 Nov 16

A Lichfield driver has expressed amazement after his first journey through Streethay for almost four months.