Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sainsbury's demolition "to finish by March"

FOREST Court will be demolished by the end of February to make way for a Sainsbury’s, a residents’ group has reported.

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Dorridge and District Residents Association said it had a January 7 meeting from the firm and reported: “Demolition planned to be complete by end of February.”

It said The Dorridge Practice – to be extended and refursbished under the scheme –will be in temporary buildings for 16 weeks.

The upper Forest Court car park will stay open during works but the lower car park has closed.

The group report Sainsbury’s said it had a “commitment to engaging with community” including “publicity and support for local events, e.g. Dorridge Day/Fun Run sponsorship”.

Recruitment will begin in June or July and there will be an open evening for the public towards the end of this month for more information.

Sainsbury’s website for the scheme said the store will open in the autumn.

And it said: "We would like to assure residents that the current hoarding is due to be covered with a green hedge print design, and this is taking place this week."

Work will take place from 8am to 6pm in the week and “occasional” Saturdays from 8am to 1pm Sainsbury’s has said.

Parking will be limited to two hours Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm on Forest Road from Friday as part of the plans and last up to 18 months.

The controversial development will include six retail units, 184 parking spaces, café and extended and refurbished doctors’ surgery.

A 1,812sqm sales area plan was approved in November 2011 but Sainsbury’s then said work would not start in 2013 because of economic conditions. What do you think? Leave your comments below. No registration required. Posts must abide by the terms and conditions. Report comments at news@thesilhillian.co.uk.
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