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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29 comments:

  1. I'll be interested to see if all those trees make an appearance. Umm...

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  2. I dont care about them sponsoring stuff it is all a PR stunt to wim favour with those who dint want this monster. The trees torn down will take many many years to replace in the meantime the shiny new store will have wrapped dorridge on a cloak of orange plastic bags DISGUSTING

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  3. I see all the supermarkets suffered poor trading at Christmas and that more and more people are shopping online.

    Elsewhere Sainsbury's are saying that smaller "convenience stores" are the way forward.

    I doubt they'd have pushed on with this development if some Facebooking fools hadn't embarrassed them into it.

    It never did make economic sense in this location and it still doesn't.

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  4. Still fighting old battles?
    Cheer up - Look at the nice green hedges Sainburys have just given us - better than the real thing. Now if we could have some cardboard cut-out trees to replace the ones they've just cut down, that would be lovely.

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  5. Sadly the birds have no appreciation of the plastic subs

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  6. Do look at the planting plan on the Solihull web site (planning number 2011/1107) and make sure it happens - climbers to be planted at 3m centres - tell the birds to return Spring 2015?

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  7. Checked that. In fact it is 2m centres and a mix of ivy and Virginia creeper on the wall.

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  8. I see they are displaying unlicensed artwork on the hoardings; they didn't ask for parents' permission before using cutesy children's drawings to imply that the whole community loves their giant-sized store.

    A technicality yes, but as we know, Sainsbury's like to play the system. Any parents out there who are still sore about the store could have a bit of fun with that one.

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    1. ...if they haven't got anything better to do of course!!

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    2. Parents did have a letter come home about the children's artwork - we've been very well-informed!

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  9. Sainsbury's should make a donation to the school PTA. It would cost them a fair bit to source all that artwork legally - £2000 should cover it :)

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    1. Are you serious?? See above!!

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  10. Cynical I know but all this kids artwork and free food at the forest and sponsoring the fun run they are just trying to weedle their way into favour, they know so many households don't want them.
    Also I don't want creepers 2 or 3 metres I want the trees replaced a shrub is no substitute

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    1. They also know that 'so many households' DO want them!! On the grounds of fairness, are you so cynical about other local companies that sponsor the fun run I wonder!

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    2. Surely the point is that Sainsbury's ISN'T a local company.

      If a local business stepped out of line, the community can talk to them and persuade them to change their minds. Sainsbury's will always be driven by bigger concerns and will always do exactly what they want.

      Anyway, I think it is fair to judge them cynically, based on past performance. How many households were swayed into supporting this "inconvenience store' by their philanthropic decision to bankroll a new doctors' surgery?




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    3. Is it really so cynical to sponsor an event such as the fun run?? Talk about consistory theorists!!

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    4. Sainsbury's are one of many 'non local' company to sponsor the fun run. I don't see anyone having a pop at the others?...or is that because it doesn't fit your theory?

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    5. Mathew
      How do you know they are bank rolling the surgery?

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    6. Mathew? That can't possibly the Mathew of previous posts. Everyone knows they are refurbishing the surgery.

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  11. As parking in Dorridge is very limited at the moment does anyone know exactly what the current parking restrictions are in the square outside Tesco. I have noticed that some cars are parking there all day and, when asking one of our local councillors, was told that the one hour restriction had not been enforced for some time. He had requested that checks be made and that anyone parking over two hours be "warned". It appears you can possibly park there for as long as you want!

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    1. Usual Council incompetence. Everyone pointed out that it took longer than an hour to have your hair done (what else is there to do in Dorridge?) yet they made it a 1 hour limit. Then because of complaints they decided not to enforce it. Then they cannot enforce a 2 hour limit because that would be arbitrary, but after years, they will not change the time to 2 hours though they know there is a problem. Bureaucrats, aye?

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    2. If they can't manage a tiny car park how on earth will they manage all the traffic and parking issues that will ensue once Sainsbury's opens. Do they actually have a traffic plan?

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  12. If some people are parking in this small car park every day where are the elderly and unwell people trying to collect prescriptions from the chemist supposed to park. Presumably on the the double yellow lines on Station Road thus risking a parking ticket!

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  13. New parking restrictions in forest rd are confusing. Some say mon to fri and some sat min to sat the 2 hr limit applies. Again the right foot doesn't know what the left is doing. Is this a way of putting out more tickets?

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    1. Have I got this right? Forest Road was unrestricted but is now limited to two hours. The square is limited to one hour but not enforced. Is Forest Road enforced, if yes, why not the square? It may make sense to the council but certainly not to me.

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  14. Had a chat in the "shop" yesterday, first bit of the demolition slow because of having to strip out the asbestos. The whole of the canopy is to be carefully dismantled and taken to Tyseley for Vintage train trust.

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  15. Suggest you contact SMBC about parking they agreed to this set up they should be enforcing it

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