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 Fitness First Stirchley/PSLBowling 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.
SuperStirchley in its original form:
SuperStirchley is a new group set up by residents of Stirchley and surrounding areas that is campaigning to keep Stirchley independent, and promote everything that’s good about Stirchley. Stirchley is currently threatened by two new supermarket developments to add to the one supermarket that we already have: TESCO have planning permission to build a store at Hazelwell Lane which will destroy all the buildings from Co-op funeral shop to Webbs Power Tools, and ASDA are proposing to build on industrial land at Fordhouse Lane, just 400m from the TESCO store. Whilst it is going through the planning process SuperStirchley will campaign against the ASDA proposal for the following main reasons:
- Traffic rat runs through residential streets will be created as commuters try to escape the traffic caused by three supermarkets.
- Poor air quality and poor road safety caused by 30 extra articulated lorries per day to ASDA and TESCO as well as thousands of extra cars.
- Loss of parking spaces on the high street that will harm local shops.
- Difficulty of attracting new independent shops to an area with three major supermarkets = more empty units on the high street.
- Change of use of land from industrial to retail, with no chance of ever returning.
- Competing directly with many local shops (and cafes!) in Stirchley and Cotteridge and threatening to put them out of business.
- Money exiting the local economy to line the pockets of shareholders of multi-national corporations.
- Majority of jobs created will be low-paid & low-skilled, and the development is likely to lead to a net loss of jobs regionally.
- Proposed development site is outside of Birmingham City Council’s designated ‘retail core’ for Stirchley.