Thursday, 21 March 2013

Petition calls for Sainsbury's opening

MORE than 200 people have signed a petition calling on Sainsbury’s to start work on its superstore plan for Dorridge – as the issue is featured in current affairs magazine Private Eye.

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Some 209 have so far backed the petition – addressed to Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King and senior managers – which says: “Having obtained planning permission, you boarded up our leafy, affluent, village at the end of 2011.

“You promised us village regeneration including a GP surgery. Please follow through on these promises.”

The firm last month said work would not start in the “year ahead” because of the downturn in the economy.

The petition – backed by a Facebook page and Twitter account – says: “This isn't only a story about Dorridge - it's about supermarket CEOs and their social conscience - and it's about the law. Supermarkets CAN do this. Buy up a town, board it up and leave.

“If you are sick of our supermarkets, fed up of Boarded-Up Britain and want to see them governed by law, which means Supermarkets can no longer do what Sainsburys have done in Dorridge, please sign this petition. It is only with your help that we can say no. Enough is enough.”

Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire resident Steve Pomeroy wrote: “I am not impressed with the Sainsbury's approach to engagement to local communities and whole heartedly support the Dorridge residents in their campaign.”

Dorridge resident Paul Colbert said: “Dorridge is starting to look like inner city Liverpool in the1980's thanks to Sainsbury's.”

Villager Margaret Thompson said: “I have lived in Dorridge for 43 years and supported Sainsbury's plans to redevelop its centre and bring it back to life.

“I am now embarrassed by the dominant eyesore in the village and sad and disappointed that Sainsbury's have abandoned the community.”

The Private Eye article – in the In The Back section – recounts how the firm was refused permission by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for a larger store than given permission for a smaller scheme, including an extended and Dorridge Practice.