Monday, 20 February 2012

Sainsbury's lorries "must be not be at peak hours"

DELIVERIES to a planned Sainsbury’s store for Dorridge be outside peak times, the DROVS campaign group says, as negotiations continue on the final details of the approved scheme.

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Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore (DROVS) made the call as council and Sainsbury’s bosses agree finer details of issues including traffic.

The store was approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in November Forest Court shopping centre. The firm has said it wants to open next year.

Deliveries will only be allowed between 6am to 10pm but DROVS says these should not between 8am and 9am and 3.15pm and 4.15pm and should be restricted to 20mph.

It says three children had been hit by cars walking to school since September in Station Road, though none seriously.

The letter says: “Station Road is only 18ft wide and the pavements are narrow for children who are easily distracted as they walk in groups to school.”

It adds: “The Sainsbury’s development will dramatically increase the traffic along Station Road and the potential for many more accidents is obvious.”

Changing the hours “would improve safety considerably and protect the lives of the children and encourage the hundreds who currently walk to school to continue this healthy habit”.

In a December letter to parents, Arden school headteacher Martin Murphy said two were "potentially serious"

And he said: "We have received a number of calls from shaken motorists who claim that pupils are stepping into the road without looking where they are going."

Trolleys must be controlled to avoid dumping, it adds, and the Forest Road pavement should be improved.

Parking restrictions should be introduced to Arden Road and Arden Drive and double yellow lines near the Grange Road junction to stop overflow parking from shoppers, it adds.

Traffic calming should be put in Avenue Road “as it will become a very effective short-cut to the new store” adds the letter, by Nick Cromie and Ian Shearman.

And the letter says there should be a “significant number” of disabled spaces. The plan proposes 11.

Sainsbury’s and the council have to sign a “section 106 agreement” before work can begin.

This will include an agreement to monitor how the car park is used.

If the car park is full at peak times Sainsbury’s will have to provide 20 spaces in the train station car park off Grange Road.

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The Silhillian sent a copy of DROVS’ letter to Sainsbury’s.

Michael Adenmosun, Sainsbury’s regional development executive, told The Silhillian: “The conditions in this legally binding agreement respond to requests and address concerns related to many matters, such as details of the travel plan and car park management.

“A decision on the final agreement will be made by the council’s planning committee in due course.”

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