Friday, 5 April 2013

Work to start on Dorridge petrol station

SAINSBURY’S has said work will start on Dorridge’s closed petrol station on Monday with it set to open in early June.

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The firm said it will begin to renovate the former total garage – which closed in the autumn – on Monday and has a target opening date of Friday June 7.

It will feature a new shop front, forecourt canopy, signs, new pumps and car wash.

There will be a “small Sainsbury’s kiosk offering convenience goods” and cash machine the firm said.

Previous Total employees have been working at other Sainsbury’s sites since the closure and will be offered jobs at the re-opened garage.

The supermarket giant has angered residents both over the time taken to re-open the petrol station and a delay in starting work on a superstore plan for Forest Court.

In February, CEO Justin King said work would not start in the “year ahead” because of economic conditions.

Regional development manager Ben Littman said: “We are looking forward to starting work on the petrol station in Dorridge.

“Our contractors will strive to complete the works as swiftly and safely as possible to ensure we can reopen as soon as possible.”
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4 comments:

  1. I just find it impossible to believe anything King or Littman say.

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  2. see copy of the letter on the Facebook page if you wish https://www.facebook.com/dorridgesainsburys

    Sorry - don't know how to upload it here.

    Lynda

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  3. This Blog


    This Blog

    Wednesday, 20 February 2013
    Sainsbury's won't start in "year ahead" says CEO
    WORK will not start on a Sainsbury’s store in Dorridge “for the year ahead” CEO Justin King has said.




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    In a letter to residents, Mr King said the Forest Court scheme has been delayed because of economic conditions.



    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council gave permission forthe scheme in November 2011 but work has yet to start.


    And it will re-open the closed former Total petrol station in the summer instead of the spring because of the condition of the building, he said.


    Mr King said “operating conditions” and the store’s failure to win permission for a larger store “impact the economic viability of the scheme”.


    The “usual” final details of the scheme took “several months” and “during this extended process the economy worsened”.


    Mr King - who grew up in Dorridge - said: “The continuing uncertainty means that I’m sorry to have to tell you that our store in Dorridge has not been included in our development plans for the year ahead.


    “I can assure you that we keep the situation under regular review and will ensure that regular updates are available to the local community as the situation develops.


    “Thank you for taking the time to write to me and I am sorry that this is not the answer that you might have been hoping for.”

    The firm has to start work by November next year or will require fresh planning permission.


    The firm won planning permission for alterations to theTotal garage in Grange Roadin January and pledged it would open in the spring.


    Mr King said: “However, we have since discovered that the existing canopy is in a bad state of repair so an additional application has now been submitted for a replacement canopy.


    “Once we have a decision on this application we will start works and we plan to be open by the summer of this year.”


    The news comes after a resident posted a picture of boardedup Forest Court on the firm’s Facebook site demanding action.


    Its spokesman said they had received no update to report.


    The full letter:


    Thank you for your email dated the 13th of February regarding Dorridge.


    I am pleased to tell you that planning permission was granted to undertake works to the petrol station in January this year. However, we have since discovered that the existing canopy is in a bad state of repair so an additional application has now been submitted for a replacement canopy. Once we have a decision on this application we will start works and we plan to be open by the summer of this year. If you have any questions on the timings of the petrol station works please contact Ben Littman, our Development Surveyor, on 0207 695 4517 or email ben.littman@sainsburys.co.uk.


    We were delighted to gain planning permission for a new store in Dorridge. As you may recall, the planning process took some time and consent was granted in August 2012 for a smaller store than the one we had originally envisaged, it is also subject to operating conditions. Both of these impact the economic viability of the scheme. There was then the usual post planning process, to confirm all details, which took several months. Meanwhile during this extended process the economy worsened. I’m sure that you will understand that we plan our building works some way in advance. The continuing uncertainty means that I’m sorry to have to tell you that our store in Dorridge has not been included in our development plans for the year ahead.


    I can assure you that we keep the situation under regular review and will ensure that regular updates are available to the local community as the situation develops.


    Thank you for taking the time to write to me and I am sorry that this is not the answer that you might have been hoping for.


    Yours sincerely


    Justin King
    What do you

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  4. Lynda, you just have to cut and paste

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