Friday, 20 June 2014

Dorridge Sainsbury's, Sunday June 15

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27 comments:

  1. Looking FAB!! Can't wait for it to open.

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  2. I think in looks even worse than I expected.

    That said I will shop in the "monster" .

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  3. Probably quite attractive in the appropriate setting but utterly incongruous in the Dorridge location, but it’s all about money, not aesthetics!

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  4. The four retail units along Station Road plus the main body of the store and car park have yet to appear so things can only get better! A nice reasonably sized local convenience store would have been good don''t you think?

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  5. The whole structure is too big and over powering.

    Just what is the idea of removing the roundabout in front of the station.
    Exit from Avenue Road is near impossible.....I don't see how this is an improvement to road safety.

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  6. A double whammy, a store grossly oversize and the removal of the little island is pure bonkers!

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  7. Dorridge used to be pleasant place to live. I suppose Solihull as a village used to be a pleasant place to live as well. How things can change!

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  8. What Luddites. How can you possibly prefer what was there before?! Bonkers.

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    1. No one was saying that they preferred Forest Court. They were expressing their opinion that what we have one got is far too large and totally inappropriate to it's location!

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  9. The island will be replaced when the building work is finished which is good.

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    1. I hope you are right but I can't see an island in front of the station on the plans.

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  10. I thought the workmen were not parking in the village,everyday more and more are parking in Poplar/Hanbury Road! I suppose as long as it's not Avenue Road it's ok...

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    1. Avenue Road had yellow lines restricting parking put in place by the council to stop all day parking by commuters. The railway station is a great asset to the village and we all want folk to use it . There should be affordable parking nearby.

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  11. Really the station car park could do with being 2 stories. I heard that Solihull people come and park there rather than at Solihull station to catch the train because they charge for parking at the Solihull station car park.My gripe about the Sainsbury's is that the original plan had underground parking. Problems with light pollution to neighbours avoided and parking generally is so ugly. However, this store is more as the pressure group wanted so will wait to see how it turns out. Hard to imagine until the planting etc is in.

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  12. 1439
    Two storey car park behind the petrol station would be an excellent idea.
    1647 23rd
    having driven up Station Approach for over 30 years and into Dorridge Rd., it was much safer with a junction, people approached the mini roundabout about at speed from Avenue Rd

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  13. Huge improvement on that monstrosity that was there before. Will bring a much needed boost to Dorridge and at last provide an alternative to that cramped Tescos in Knowle. Much welcomed by mums and the elderly of the area and great to see it taking shape!

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  14. Can't wait for it to open!! It will be a great shop that will be well used by local residents IMO, even the complainers on here!!

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  15. The mini island in front of the station is gone for good; the pavement space was needed so that a canopy can be installed in front of the station. What the canopy is there for, isn't clear - you can't wait to be picked up as there's no road space for cars to collect from... Perhaps we can have street parties under it?

    All cars dropping off and waiting for/picking up commuters are expected to go into the car park and turn around and wait there. The fact that there isn't space to turn around, is Chiltern's problem, not the Highway planners. (I have been told that by the highways planners.)

    Narrowing the road at Avenue Road/Forest Road will be interesting once buses have to cut the corner at te same time as traffic coming out of the Sainsburys car park...

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  16. Have we lost the bus shelter permanently,or just temporarily ?

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  17. When did you find out about the island? Where can you see the plans for this and the canopy?

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    1. I spoke with two people at Solihull Council (clerk of works for the development and someone responsible for spatial planning). I also asked for details of the road scheme from the Sainsbury's office on site (in station approach). Basically everyone said none of the decisions were their responsibility, they were implementing what someone else had previously decided. Barely anything I heard about the road system, and its fitness for purpose in predictable scenarios, stood up to even the slightest questioning, but it's too late to do anything about it until it causes a problem.

      I loved the fact that the ramps, supposed to slow traffic down enough to justify removing the refuges half-way across the roads and enable safe crossing by elderly folk, have now been made much shallower to avoid causing problems with bus passengers...

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    2. Sorry I forgot to say that I was told that all the supporting traffic data and highway plans were part of the Sainsurys planning application in 2011. I wrote the app number down, but since everything else I heard was laughably weak, I decided not to spend more time looking back. Seems tat it is down to the developer (ie Sainsburys) to suggest the road scheme.

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  18. I enjoy reading the posts about Sainsburys, I've lived in and around Dorridge all my life, and I've never known anything so debatable as this building. Some of the posts are valid, some are a waste of time, and some are a funny - Mind you what I'm writing is pretty much a waste of time. LOL - You've got to see the bright side of life.

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  19. All the roads around the development seem busy with traffic and pedestrians at present whilst the development progresses. It struck me that all round there, Station Approach,Station Road between Forest Road and the railway bridge plus the square outside Tesco could be designated as a 'shared space' similar to some areas in Coventry centre,near the university. A blanket 20 mph speed limit, level road and pavement, reduction in roadsigns so drivers actually have to concentrate and be aware of their surroundings. Different coloured road surface, parking bays marked out in the square and on Station Approach.Handing back responsibility to drivers and pedestrians to look out for each other could work but I guess it is probably too late at this stage to get this on the plans.

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  20. can anyone tell me what the Dorridge School pictures on the hoarding are meant to be. For a junior school they aren't very good. Sorry mums

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  21. I just love the ski slope at the new entrance to the doctors' surgery. Let's hope the new surgery gets built before it gets icy!

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