Lichfield News – The Friary Car Park is now open – Skatepark for Beacon Park

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 The Friary Car Park is now open

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Lichfield District Council launches its brand new car park on The Friary in time for Christmas shopping!

On Friday 8 November 2013, Lichfield District Council opened The Friary Car Park in LichfieldCity.

The new multi-deck car park on The Friary is complete with more than 400 parking spaces, a lift to access the different levels, an electric car charging point and public toilets, including a fully accessible Changing Places facility.

Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “I am delighted The Friary Car Park is now open, and hope visitors enjoy using our purpose-built facility. It’s conveniently placed and, as it is a long stay car park, it is ideal if you are planning a longer shopping trip or work in Lichfield.”

The car park will be officially opened later in the year.

The opening of the car park signals the end of the first phase of the £14 million development of The Friary site. This phase also included 54 supported homes, which Bromford residents are being moved into, and six affordable for sale apartments.

The second phase of the scheme kicked off in September when work started on site to create a 79-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and restaurant.

To keep up to date on the development of The Friary, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/thefriary

The partners involved in the redevelopment of The Friary site:

  • Lichfield District Council are the landowners and own and manage the new car park.
  • Bromford Support own and manage the supported accommodation.
  • Bromford Homes is the managing agent for the sale of the six affordable shared ownership homes. Visit http://www.bromfordhomes.co.uk/ to find out more.
  • Homes & Communities Agency invested £2.4 million in housing element of the scheme.
  • The developers are S Harrison.

A skatepark for Beacon Park

DiggersWork gets underway on Lichfield’s new skatepark this month.

Published on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

After Lichfield District Council appointed Gravity Engineering Ltd, work to construct a new skatepark in BeaconPark started on Monday 11 November 2013.

When complete, the skatepark will feature a street-style section as well as a transition zone, which will include bowls, hips and spines for skaters to practice their tricks.

The council’s plans also include shielding the facility with trees and grassy mounds to limit the noise and to create an attractive area.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications & Tourism, said: “It is great to see work starting on our new skatepark. Having teamed up with a leading skatepark designer to draw up the plans, as well as involving local skaters along the way, we’re confident that we will create a facility that is both challenging and fun.

“We look forward to launching the skatepark next year and hope it will give all our local skaters of all ages somewhere they can enjoy using for many years to come.”

The location of the skatepark, which is next to the A51 Western Bypass, was chosen because it is near to the city centre and public transport.

BeaconPark’s skatepark is being funded by section 106 capital, The Veolia Environmental Trust, Lichfield City Council, Staffordshire Local Community Fund, and Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership. Lichfield District Council is also contributing funding towards landscaping and will continue to raise funds.

Find out more at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/skatepark

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