Saturday, 12 July 2014

Work to start at Dorridge doctors

THE Dorridge Practice will close on Friday for three-month expansion works as part of a Sainsbury’s development.

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The Avenue Road surgery will operate an emergency clinic only as it moves into temporary cabins (see photo above) on the Forest Court site.

Sainsbury’s is extending the practice as part of a deal with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to build a supermarket on the site.

The temporary surgery will open the next Monday, July 21, and the main surgery re-open in October.

Sainsbury’s said: “We hope to open the new and improved surgery in October and we’re really looking forward to completing the works for the benefit of the whole community.”

Meanwhile the Sainsbury’s Dorridge website lists one of the seven retails units being built alongside the supermarket as let with one under offer.

The supermarket is set to open later this year (photos below from July 3)
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36 comments:

  1. What does "operate an emergency clinic" actually mean?

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    1. The article is incomplete. The emergency clinic is for Friday only. try looking on the doctor's web site for information.

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  2. Buy more crap. Get more fat. Pop to the quacks. (If you can park.)

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  3. wowee one of the units is let and one under offer - sounds about as convincing as parkgate. lets face it whose going to take a unit next to a giant superstore which will sell everything from books cds booze shampoo flowers clothes magazines small white goods probably big white goods and of course lets not forget the odd loaf of bread and pint of milk
    whilst ranting whats going on in poplar road i counted 61 cars and vans parked half on the pavement and half on the road yesterday i thought sainsburys had promised all building vehicles woudl be kept offsite
    LIES ALL LIES

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    1. Yes it's a joke,they also come to sleep in their cars at lunchtime!!

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  4. What a lovely picture of Dorridge centre your photo depicts.

    When people say to me its a posh place to live I have to laugh

    what a joke

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    1. As with any construction project, the site will look awful until works are complete. Just be patient. Good things come to those who wait.

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    2. 15:21 of course it looked so posh as an run down site beforehand didn't it? .... really value adding ....

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  5. It is, and will continue to be, a complete and utter monstrosity.

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  6. At least you'll have a decent choice of cheeses.

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  7. FFS if you hate it so much do us all a favour and MOVE AWAY.

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    1. Certainly thinking about it!

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    2. FFS Why is it that the so called supporters of this development have to be so rude. Can people not have another point of view without being abused!

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  8. Because the continuing stream of silly complaints about something that isn't up for debate is so utterly fatuous and tedious .. ?

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    1. Yet again! No point in expressing a point of view.

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    2. Fatuous, tedious. Are you saying that, whatever our opinion , we are obliged to like it. Yes it's there and can't be changed but are we no longer allowed to say whether we like it!

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  9. Went to see the nurse in the Portacabins, very smart but no AC, so quite warm. Had a good look at the works, it is really clever how it ties in with Station Approach, once the tiling and brick facings are done, it will soften.

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  10. Look forward to it being finished. Actually looking better than I'd hoped so far now the roofs are being tiled. Contractors have been good and obviously the construction traffic and cars is only a short term problem. Is there a date for opening do we know?

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    1. ...no one will come to the store in a car then? To me it looks like a giant supermarket with a car-park on top. Oh, it is.

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  11. Well Matthew - the original plan had the car park underneath and the DROVs were the ones who came up with their own store idea - smaller but with the car park on top! I do think the original plan would have been better - car parks are ugly. Also, if the original had gone through the whole thing would have been up and running by now.

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  12. Get your fact right. DROVS did not come up with a store design with a car park on the roof. DROVS always felt that all of Sainsburys designs were too big for the size of the site and for a village centre. DROVS favoured a store which reflected the size of Forest Court as it was and with the car park exactly the same size and in the same location as it was previously.
    Sadly people are still choosing to make up what DROVS hoped to achieve for Dorridge.

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  13. Well no - because they actually came up with a 'design' with rooftop parking. They did not just favour a smaller store. At the time I was quite surprised that they thought Sainsburys would adopt their plan - which wasn't, not surprisingly, pretty poor.

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  14. I hate to tell you 'you are wrong', but YOU ARE WRONG.
    DROVS did not come up with a plan wit a rooftop car park or a car park underneath for that matter. I am one of the founding members of DROVS, I know exactly what they favoured and it wasn't a store so big that the car park had to be a second storey to the store. Fortunately DROVS fought off the initial plan which included a triangular doctors' surgery in the corner where the goods yard will now go. This would have been extremely difficult for old and infirm patients to reach as there were only stairs (no lift or escalators) to reach it through an underground car park.

    Anyway, I understand it was a lady who attended one of the Sainsburys workshops, alongside my husband, who came up with the design and she had even made a model. She may have been a DROVS supporter but was not a member of DROVS and her design did not have any input or support from DROVS.
    It's all academic now anyway, sadly we are stuck with this huge edifice for what I understand from contractors is a shelf life of 20 years.

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  15. And don't forget your elected representatives including the Andy Mackiewicz, a more stupid person you couldn't wish to meet, who said at the planning meeting that "99 per cent of residents want a Sainsbury’s but disagreed on the size".

    He had no evidence to back up that statement and, let's be honest, it simply cannot be true. To think that he speaks on our behalf isn't a great advert for democracy now is it? At least Ken Meeson, a decent and thoughtful man, had the honesty to say the residents were split 50/50.

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  16. You have to have disabled access to a doctor's surgery - so seems strange there was none in the original plan!! If this was the case the proposed plan would have been rejected.
    Can I also point out that Andy Mackiewicz probably meant that most people were for a store but divided on size. People may have been divided on size 50/50. so let's not bash the people in the impossible position of trying to represent a divided community, a pretty thankless task.

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  17. the proposed plan WAS rejected, that's my point.

    As far as canvassing local opinion was concerned, Sainsburys did a survey that resulted in 56% of residents being in favour of a store the size of Knowle Tesco or smaller. They chose to completely ignore these findings and are now building a store about 6 times the size of Tesco Knowle. And these figures did not take into account the proportion of residents who didnt want a supermarket at all.

    Dorridge Councillors have let us down badly - unless you were in favour of a huge supermarket in which case they spoke in your favour.

    The same goes for DDRA whose recent comments in their newsletter about the spinney are disgraceful. Residents were asked for feedback, gave it and because it wasn't in line with DDRA's plans, they didn't like it. What's the point of surveying the public if you don't accept and act on the results.

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  18. "point out" what you like but what Mackiewicz said was that 99% of residents favoured a Sainsbury's plan and he did not know, nor could he know, whether that was true. In my opinion, it was highly unlikely to be true. For every 100 residents 99 of them favoured a plan to build a supermarket?

    And as for DDRA, even more misrepresenting than the councillors who at least had been elected to speak on our behalf. DDRA are a non-elected bunch with absolutely no more mandate to speak on behalf of anyone than I have. Yet they saw fit to give Sainsbury's the biggest PR coup of all, and created the entirely false perception that they could represent the residents of Dorridge. Stick to weeding the borders outside the station and, whilst I'm at it, that spare land opposite the station is just that, spare land. Leave it be and get back to reading the Daily Mail.

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    1. DDRA are elected (if you can't be bothered to vote, you can hardly complain that the people on the committee aren't your yes men) and therefore do have more mandate to speak on our behalf than an anonymous individual whose position is do as I say and everyone else is wrong.

      The poster who put up about not liking their comments on the spinney assumes that everyone has told DDRA that they want the spinney left, when the problem is that a handful of people were so aggressive about the scruffy bit of land with muddy footpath and holly & brambles taking over being some perfect idyl that must be left that SMBC decided to abort the project, even though there were lots of positive comments about wanting improvements, rather than a haven for drink and drugs. It wasn't worth the aggro. That's not democracy, that's bullying.

      While keeping your head in the sand and pretending that there aren't a lot of people who have decided that they are quite happy to have a supermarket, and if there is going to be one, make it one that has plenty of stock rather than a pokey Tesco's with no room to move and limited stock.

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  19. Look 20;54 I read the posts put up by the DDRA when they tried to express their take on the situation, which whether you agreed with it all was measured and reasonable and based on fact. Sainsbury's owned the site they wanted a store, a certain size of store would be viable. Its a shame it isn't a bit smaller but so these things go. I just don't like the bashing of people like Mackiewicz for not putting something as well as he might. At least it wasn't crazy stuff like 'let Waitrose develop it' and 'we want small shops' (obviously not an answer anywhere these days) muddied the water rather than helped. Also don't insult me by accusing me of reading the Daily Mail!

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  20. DDRA represent a very small group who enjoy being active, and well meaning, within the community. If they wish to initiate small projects to better the quality of life, as they see it, for the residents of Dorridge, so be it. But they should not fool themselves nor create the impression that they speak on behalf of Dorridge because they don't, and they certainly should not have come down on one side on such an important debate as Sainsbury's with a statement implying it was based on the residents' wishes; that was well beyond any 'mandate' they may or may not have.

    And if Mackiewicz cannot put something across well, he should keep his mouth closed. Surely the least we expect from elected representatives is the ability to communicate accurately.

    The greatest irony of all is that the whole problem at Forest Court stems from to a planning decision and a resulting development that was right at the time, but not being relevant now. Don't you see that all that has happened is that history is repeating itself? A supermarket may be consistent with planning laws and shopping habits now, but in ten years time it will be another 'Forest Court', an empty, sad looking eyesore, with people crying out for it to be improved.

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  21. So how do we possibly account for what may or may not be suitable 10 years from now? The way the store is looking I think it will actually make Dorridge look like it has a purpose. What has been the point of Dorridge centre over the last 10 years? I think it will tie the centre together and will look so much better than it has done in the 20 years I've lived here. I guess we'll all see when it opens later in the year!

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  22. When it opens later this year it will be clean and shiny, and very presentable. We know that now.

    What we don't know is what it will look like in 2, 3 or 5 years time, how successful an operation it will be for Sainsbury's and the impact it will have had over that period in terms of traffic, visitors to Dorridge, and whether this creates more litter, road traffic accidents, and petty crime. That's the unknown.

    I moved here around the same time as you and never during that period have I thought "I'm really glad I moved here, but if only we had a massive supermarket in the centre of the village....". I doubt anyone did.

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  23. But surely you thought 'I'm glad I moved here but Forest Court is a dump' This is a solution.

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  24. No, Forest Court was effectively invisible tbh and I never gave it a second thought. It may have been yielding no financial return for its owners, but I used to walk, ride and drive past it without really noticing it. For something relatively large, I was not very aware of its existence on a daily basis. We seem to have gone from something you could quite easily ignore, to something that will be very much part of the fabric of the village, good or bad, and that you won't be able to ignore. It's a massive leap into the unknown, and nobody knows the impact it will make. However the very nature of the centre of Dorridge will be very different for many years to come.

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  25. Isn't it strange that the problem has become critical now that Sainsbury are getting ready for an autumn opening.

    Call me a cynic if you like but I believe they want to free up on street parking for their customers rather than the poor cash strapped commuters.

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    1. What????

      Did you mean to post this on the thread about parking changes?

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