Stirchley Tesco and Lidl update – what now?
Behind the scenes we have been very busy. We are currently receiving ongoing support from the Environmental Law Foundation with free legal advice on whether it is worth proceeding with a Judicial Review (JR). We know that the JR route is expensive and there are very few judgments overturned… but we think we have a good case on several fronts. What a JR, or the threat of one, can do is give the council a chance to reconsider its decision. “This may mean that the public body will be able to make the same decision again, so long as it does so in a lawful way.” – Judiaciary.gov.uk
Time is short on the JR process. We have to serve a Letter of Intent on the council informing them that we’re requesting a Judicial Review within six weeks of the final decision (9 February) and allow them 2 weeks to respond. This gets the wheels in motion.
If we do proceed to the full JR, we need to fundraise for this, which is a lot to ask the local community, we know. If you would be willing to back this campaign financially – whether that’s £1 or a considerable amount more – then please stay in touch with us either on this blog, via email email@example.com on our Facebook or Twitter. If you have any ideas for fundraising, or would be able to help with a Kickstarter (or equivalent crowd funding) if it comes to it, please do say. We’re looking at a maximum of £50k in legal fees for the JR process if it comes to it… that’s £22 per signature on the 38degrees petition and less than a month’s membership at Fitness First.
The petition has reached 2,300 signatures and is growing. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE.
We’re discussing a second protest, on a weeknight this time. We have a date pencilled in but we need to discuss with Fitness First and PSL Bowling first… placards at the ready!
Tesco has backed out of its plans to build in Stirchley, 17 years after its first commitment to build. At this stage, we don’t know how this is going to affect the SuperStirchley campaign against Birmingham City Council’s U-turn on the Lidl decision but we are eager to see the council working with locals and the site owner Tesco to have a say in what plans we’d like to see.
Tesco has said it is willing to sell the land to other supermarkets – could Lidl be swayed to move on to some of the land Tesco owns instead of demolishing local leisure and fitness facilities? We can understand the disappointment felt by residents after a long wait but we see this as a huge opportunity for Stirchley to have some real infrastructure plans put into place which don’t include being dictated by a supermarket’s huge blueprints.
Dates for your diary:
Monday 13 March – Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting, 7.30pm, Stirchley Community Church
Wednesday 15 March – Stirchley the Way Forward meeting, 7.30pm, Stirchley Baths