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SuperStirchley: Campaign against Birmingham City Council’s U-turn decision for a Lidl on Pershore Road

January 1, 2017

Concerned residents have reactivated this blog and the twitter @SuperStirchley to rally together, share campaign news & discuss the Birmingham City Council (BCC) U-turn on / Lidl decision.

For info (more below) SuperStirchley was set up in 2011 by residents who came together in retaliation to Asda/Tesco planning applications.

SuperStirchley is back for 2017: this time opposing Lidl.

Thousands of residents object to Lidl building on the proposed site – we are angry that Birmingham City Council have approved this application in a U-turn decision. The approval means we risk losing our only gym and bowls for miles. Many residents aren’t anti-Lidl, and welcome more choice in shopping in Stirchley elsewhere. 

About the Lidl campaign

Lidl’s first and second applications to build a store in Stirchley on the Pershore Road site – currently occupied by Fitness First Stirchley and PSL Bowling – were rejected by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee on both occasions in 2016.

Lidl appealed the second rejected application (dated 8th December) and on 22nd December, BCC made a U-turn and the Lidl proposal.

The decision has left the whole community, including its local councillors (across several political parties), shocked and disappointed.

We will be campaigning against this decision in support of Fitness First Stirchley and PSL Bowling.

We feel that this site is the wrong location for the Lidl store for the following reasons:

  • Loss of PSL Bowling – a family run, independent business that supports local economy. Nearest alternative approximately 4 miles away
  • Loss of Fitness First Stirchley – a popular fitness gym with over 3800 members amidst reports of a growing obesity crisis costing Birmingham over £2 billion every year
  • Loss of jobs – 62+ people are set to lose their jobs across the 2 sites with Lidl only committing to 20 full time staff
  • Further traffic disruption – concerns over increased volume of traffic on an already highly congested route and impact on residents parking
  • Alternative Stirchley sites available – derelict site owned by Tesco,  proposed new Aldi store on Magnet site, old KwikSave site
  • There are already enough supermarkets – 19 supermarkets in a 3 mile radius

We are campaigning for Birmingham City Council to reconsider its decision and will be posting news about this on this blog and over on our twitter @SuperStirchley.

In the mean time, you can sign the online petition: STAND UP FOR STIRCHLEY PETITION

We encourage you to comment on the petition with your views. 

We are also collecting views on twitter via Storify which you can read here: STORIFY LINK.

If you tag your tweet with ‘Stirchley’ we are able to pick it up easily and add to the Storify.


In other news:

Aldi planning application:

Supermarket Aldi has also put in a planning application at the other end of Stirchley on the Magnet site. You can read more about this here: Details Page for Planning Application – 2016/10105/PA The deadline for resident comments is 12th January. Do have your say.

Next Neighbourhood Forum:

Monday 12th January 7.30pm Stirchley Community Church. Their guest for the evening is a representative from TESCO. Ask them your questions: such as, Why did you not oppose the Lidl planning application?

Stirchley Library Services:

There are proposals to move Stirchley Library Services into newly refurbished Stirchley Baths. This could leave another void on Stirchley High Street, and we don’t know how Stirchley Baths will accommodate the services. Have your say: Library Services Consultation


What’s SuperStirchley?

In 2011 SuperStirchley was set up by residents of Stirchley and surrounding areas to campaign to keep Stirchley independent, and promote everything that’s good about Stirchley. Stirchley was threatened by two supermarket developments back then, TESCO & Asda:

  • TESCO has been on the cards for nearly 15 years. The supermarket were approved planning permission to build a store on/around Hazelwell Lane – and since SuperStirchley deactivated in 2012, all the buildings from Co-op funeral shop to Webbs Power Tools, including the Stirchley Community Centre, Busy B’s café and rows of houses, have all been demolished to make way for TESCO that few think will ever arrive. Stirchley is now left with wasteland, they haven’t started on any building work: only demolition.
  • In 2011 ASDA put in proposals to build on industrial land at Fordhouse Lane, just 400m from the proposed TESCO store. SuperStirchley campaigned against the ASDA proposal and this got rejected in 2012. Planning permission for a new housing development on the site was approved in 2015.

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