Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Dorridge Sainsbury's open

A LONG-AWAITED Sainsbury’s store opened in Dorridge today.

Richard Perry with Olivia Canwell and Billie Arrol
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The development at the former
Forest Court opened at 9am.

It was opened by manager Richard Perry, Dorridge Junior School pupil Olivia Canwell and resident Dorris ‘Billie’ Arrol, 94.

She was invited because she has been a life-long customer of the supermarket while Olivia, eight, won a competition to design a “bag for life”.

The store has 180 parking spaces – free for up to two hours - accessed via Avenue Road and includes a café and non-food items like clothes and electrical equipment.

The firm said it had created 180 jobs and extended and refurbished the adjacent Dorridge Practice.

The development has six independent retail units which are, so far, Costa, Timpsons and Reflections kitchens and bathrooms.

In a press release, Mr Perry said: “It is a great honour to be managing such a fantastic new store and I have been delighted by all the positive local feedback already received. We look forward to serving local residents and really becoming part of the community.”

The store is open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

A 1,812sqm sales area plan was approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in November 2011 but Sainsbury’s last year said it would not start work in 2013 because of economic conditions.


It then won council permission to increase the sales area to 2,276sqm, some 26 per cent larger. A 2,462sqm plan was rejected in 2010.
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89 comments:

  1. Get down there fast - the Bucks Fizz wont last long

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  2. Been there, shopped, done it.

    Well, it's a shiny new big Sainsburys store with a car park - possibly the last of it's kind.
    It's on my doorstep and I will definitely shop there.... sometimes - it's fully stocked and so very convenient for me. I can walk to it in two minutes, crossing over to Sainsburys Island from Avenue Road.

    I think we should congratulate the construction team for finishing on time and for the considerate way this has been done through from demolition to construction.

    Many of us still have serious reservations about the development. For all the benefits to shoppers, there are disbenefits to local residents. It is a high impact development and a traffic magnet. Dorridge is now more brightly lit than most town centres, let alone a village. This conventional, large supermarket will encourage shopping on Sundays and later at night so we will lose some more of dark skies, our peace and quiet. We will all have to be more careful crossing the roads.

    It remains to be seen if the traffic scheme works and if the underlying parking issues can be resolved. I hope they can. Like many, I had wished for something different, something innovative, something better in Dorridge than what is now widely perceived and accepted, even by Sainsburys, as an outdated model for retailing.

    I wish the new manager and staff the best. It is now up to them to find ways to adapt to local needs, to make this store successful, better and, hopefully, more sustainable. If you ask, you will find there are plenty of creative people willing to help - just ask.

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    1. just been in, wonderful. Small enough to be cosy without the blandness of a superstore. I spent time doing a good recce. They have done there research and a lot of upmarket products. The wine range excellent. Fresh bakery, and the fish counter very busy. The fresh produce as expected from a big supermarket, was almost the same as big Tescos. I know it was opening day, but I went up with trolley and spoke to friends and neighbours.

      Two gripes, no scan as you shop facility, and I wish they had let an independent run the café.

      In response to the above about it being an outdated form of retailing, I disagree, superstores are dead in the water, but this a local store for local people, I will be shopping there from now on.
      Best of luck to the staff and I think even some DROVS will be there

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    2. I'm afraid he construction was not the wonderful experience all those who live half a mile away seem to think. It has been a year of hell for those surrounding the store, the constant lorries parked across your drive, being driven deaf by the road cleaner constantly up and down, drilling and banging at 7am on Sunday mornings towards the end, rowing with builders because they wre supposed to stop at 6 but were still banging away an hour later, constantly dirty windows, filthy car, unable to sit in my garden throughout what I understand was a warm and sunny summer, the total loss of any birds to my garden now that all the trees and hedges have gone, I could go on.
      and in fact it does go on because now my house is lit up 24 hours a day by floodlights at bedroom height, great if you want to read all night, not great if you want to sleep. and then there are the customers who can see directly into my bedrooms, ruined Sundays, litter, car alarms going off, crashing trolleys being shoved across car parks, massive lorries trying to get round the mini-roundabout and even before opening parked up on Station road waiting for the gates to open ...
      yes it is great if your life revolves round supermarkets and eating basically. what surprises me most is that people are so excited at the prospect of meeting their friends at a supermarket, don't they have a life to live?
      and no I won't be shopping there

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    3. Can I suggest you move!! ;-)

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    4. Still dreaming of those previous views of derelict flats, disused public conveniences and an empty car park eh! :)

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    5. 1320, in days of old, when one went shopping, one would go to all the shops, butcher, baker, candlestick maker and bump into friends and neighbours and have a chat. Just the same except one place in the warm and dry and still one can have a chat.

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    6. was never against a supermarket, but this was always going to be too big with too many compromises. i sympathise with 13.20 i believe it could have been a lot better obviously i'm in the minority. but I seem to recall a few thousand people also wanted something smaller and in keeing a year ago have they all moved or do they have very short memories?

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    7. No you are not in a minority, there are many of us that feel the same way.

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    8. 13.20. So sorry that your life has been made so miserable. Is it possible for you to apply for compensation with regards to all the light pollution etc. as I would have thought that was totally unacceptable.

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    9. 1320
      you bought a house opposite a shopping centre and now you live opposite one that is not derelict or run down. I have some sympathy with your point about the building work but little else. Frankly you lives opposite a a shit hole before.
      Your house will have gone up in value post-development for sure.

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    10. Why should this person move? If the planning laws had been applied *fairly*, had our councillors and doctors remained unseduced by big business. If the Residents' Association stuck up for residents, then we all could have had something equivalent to Forest Court in size on the site - a site that's near many established family homes. Instead we have a great, hulking, light-spewing, HGV-fume-billowing, open-all-hours stupormarket. Already Sainsbury's have applied for planning to errect more neon signs. No doubt that will be waved through as a formality too.

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    11. A year of hell! stop bloody moaning, look at what you have now for goodness sake. You will get lorries around a construction site for obvious reasons, and be thankful a road sweeper was cleaning the road, they could have just left it.

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  3. Great, massive improvement on Forest Court. A great shop on local residents doorstep. They've completely revamped Dorridge - well done!!

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  4. 1320, what is the difference between then and now? You bought a property right next to a shopping centre, the only thing that has changed is the type of building. Did you expect that suddenly a rainbow would appear and green fields would extend as far as the eye can see! This is a welcome facility for local people, especially the elderly and far better than the awful shopping centre that it has replaced. Why would you choose to buy a home so near to a busy centre anyway?

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  5. I have sympathy with 13.20 as Forest Road has now become a much busier road. However, it is a reasonable project for that site and for Dorridge. For the first time in years I saw people with shopping bags and one with a trolley walking on Station Road so some people will walk to use the store. The Costa had people in it - the Costa in Knowle has been a real benefit to Knowle High Street - always busy with local people meeting up. Little Tesco in Knowle was very quiet at lunchtime today - could be coincidence. Will wait to see how it all pans out but overall good so far.

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    1. all roads in Dorridge have become busier, including mine, used to be a quiet road with a few cars and quite a few horses. Now yellow lines and quite a few boy racers up and down, and a motor bike did a wheelie the other day, that was a first for me in Dorridge

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  6. The sort of comments I have just read are so typical of the dreadful, shallow people that now live in Dorridge who think that life revolves around money and how to spend it and have no thought of how their actions impact on others in the community.
    I sincerely hope it fails! And no, I will not be shopping there.

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    1. My, my! They will miss you in the new store!

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    2. 1431, OK, we dreadful shallow people, whose life revolves around money and how to spend it, will need to return to hunter gathering as we shallow people, spend money in shops.
      Pray tell me where do you shop.?

      I do agree that Forest Road residents ought to complain and try and get the lights angled away, but I am sure Elf and safety will object.

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  7. There is a massive difference. Dorridge is now an ugly floodlit shopping centre stuck in the middle of what used to be a relaxed and relatively peaceful residential area. I cannot believe how insensitive people are to how this has affected some local residents.
    This has done nothing positive for Dorridge at all. It has ruined the character of the village and I believe irrevocably split the community.
    It might surprise you to know that there are elderly in the vicinity who are really resentful of this.

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    1. erm, most of the "elderly" seemed to be shopping in Sainsburys today!

      Disagree Dorridge was a "relaxed and peaceful area" - it was a place with
      great rail links, expensive houses, good schools, access to motorway and countryside alike - and a ruddy great DUMP of a shopping centre!
      thank god the latter has been fixed.

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    2. Dorridge was for many years a complete dump. The ugly derelict were an eyesore and the shops all but useless. You're being ridiculous when you call it cosy and relaxed. This will benefit the entire community.

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    3. For " Relaxed and peaceful " read , dead . As for " Character of the village " Dorridge isn't and never was a village , just a railway station with an hotel/pub and a mish mash of scruffy or empty shops .

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  8. For relaxed read stagnant, for peaceful read deserted, for ruined character read reconstructed appeal. Modernisation will always bring with it some ruffled feathers. Some people just refuse to be happy.

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    1. Some of us liked it that way. If you didn't why did you choose to live in Dorridge? We were happy but not now.

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    2. I've lived in Dorridge all of my life and seen the before when it was good and also bad and didn't like what it had become, I voted for change and accept that to make an omlette some eggs have to be broken. I think the 'we' who claim to like the degradation of the village because it was quiet and 'characterful' (really!) are deluding themselves. It was dead on its feet.

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    3. Modernisation? look at some of the god awful houses that have been refurbished around Dorridge, they look hideous.

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  9. An unscientific observation. On twitter and facebook, I have noticed the younger and not so young generation are very much more positive than on the blog. Skewed demographics?

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    1. I noticed that too. I guess people can have a good moan but remain anonymous on here.

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    2. 17:03
      - more likely 1 or 2 nay-sayers who leave several comments.

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    3. 1 or 2! 1200 people opposed a store this big, including nearly 8/10 parents polled at the schools and 3 people who've appeared on Desert Island Discs. (Can anyone name them?)

      They had to bribe us with a new doctor's surgery and rely on a stink kicked up by a few fuming Facebookers to get it passed and built - even Sainsbury's thought it was a commercial risk to go ahead.

      Architecturally, the building itself is badly designed so as to cram in as much profit per square metre as possible. The rooftop carpark dominates the whole village. It looks depressingly average - all that wood cladding. Like a grain barn on steroids. It's very 2011 and will doubtless seem as dated as Forest Court did in years to come. The Costa is one of the most pathetic pavement cafes ever - I look forward to sipping an espresso whilst the HGVs whistle by, admiring the view of Cross & Craig's car park.

      This store is an anachronism. They don't build shops this size any more. Developments in more progressive areas tend to be mixed use and allow independents to come and go as people need them (today's nail bar is tomorrow's artisanal choclatier.) Clearly, Dorridge is not a particularly progressive place (conservative with both types of 'C'?) and happy for one big business to dictate the pace of life. I hope that works out for us all...

      See you in there - yes, I may occasionally be seen using the 1200 square feet of the store I campaigned in favour of. It would be ridiculous and not to.

      Matthew

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    4. More fool them then! We've benefited!

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  10. Poplar Road is now free of endless construction vans.... Now we have Sainsburys staff, I thought they were all going to walk or get public transport?

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    1. get onto Sainsburys PDQ. A friend, who has a job at Sainsburys has been told she cannot park locally

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    2. Richard Perry the Manager told me he has rented 30 spaces at Dorridge Cricket Ground & will be Minbusing his staff in who HAVE to drive in!

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  11. The link above, or below, is littered with comments from people using the store.
    https://www.facebook.com/dorridgesainsburys

    (Only 1 person has been barred from using the site)

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    1. Littered is a good choice of word as the comments are mostly rubbish. I've been barred from using the site - and I know a couple of others who have too. Happy shopping, simpletons.

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    2. Gosh, I see why you were banned.
      Negative, negative, not a positive note.

      from one of the Dorridge simpletons,

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    3. Thanks Linda!

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  12. Pretty sure I saw Matthew Walker in Sainsburys today......

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  13. Right you lot.- SAINSBURYS is really good - FACt . does everything it should and the outlets adjacent will all soon be nail bars or hairdressers. WE have everything we want in Dorridge - EXCEPT a good pub where a nice family drink and meal is served without hassle and to a good standard. NO not the railway or the Forest - A GOOD GASTRO PUB - good food good drink and a good atmosphere - All within the village centre. AND then a post office ,and a proper baker - AKA -v Proper village / small community needs

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  14. 1 or 2! 1200 people opposed a store this big, including nearly 8/10 parents polled at the schools and 3 people who've appeared on Desert Island Discs. (Can anyone name them?)

    They had to bribe us with a new doctor's surgery and rely on a stink kicked up by a few fuming Facebookers to get it passed and built - even Sainsbury's thought it was a commercial risk to go ahead.

    Architecturally, the building itself is badly designed so as to cram in as much profit per square metre as possible. The rooftop carpark dominates the whole village. It looks depressingly average - all that wood cladding. Like a grain barn on steroids. It's very 2011 and will doubtless seem as dated as Forest Court did in years to come. The Costa is one of the most pathetic pavement cafes ever - I look forward to sipping an espresso whilst the HGVs whistle by, admiring the view of Cross & Craig's car park.

    This store is an anachronism. They don't build shops this size any more. Developments in more progressive areas tend to be mixed use and allow independents to come and go as people need them (today's nail bar is tomorrow's artisanal choclatier.) Clearly, Dorridge is not a particularly progressive place (conservative with both types of 'C'?) and happy for one big business to dictate the pace of life. I hope that works out for us all...

    See you in there - yes, I may occasionally be seen using the 1200 square feet of the store I campaigned in favour of. It would be ridiculous not to.

    Matthew

    PS Sorry I may have posted this twice. Well, I am the ONLY person in B93 who objected to the store

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    1. You were not alone Matthew I believed the store was an over development.

      What do you make of Dr Upton retiring on Tuesday immediately prior to the opening

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    2. I think the best we can say is that the surgery is run as a business. So, some people, somewhere have benefited financially from the free refit.

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    3. Good about surgery as most people in Dorridge to go there, so we are at least getting something back

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    4. The comment on Dr Upton's retirement needs some clarification. Dr Upton does not retire officially until the end of December 2014, but as he had accumulated 'holiday' accrual the date of the 25th November was arrived at, well before the announcement of the store opening. Such is the dedication of this man who has served this community well.

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    5. Surely a nhs representative can not take bribes or incentives ie a refurb

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  15. Really pleased with the new store, looking forward to using it for years to come............

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  16. Spoke to the manager of the Sainsbury Warwick store as he left the new Dorridge development on Wednesday.

    He told me he had come along to take a look, then said the roof top car park was TOO SMALL for the size of store totally unprompted by me.

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    1. ideas/suggestions28 November 2014 at 09:09

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      I am HUGELY in favour of the store but agree parking is insufficient, especially combined with increased rail commuting @Dorridge.

      WHY NOT HAVE AN OUT OF TOWN CAR PARK AND FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE? e.g. Dorridge village hall?

      WHY NOT MAKE THE CAR PARK BEHIND THE PETROL STATION TWO STOREYS?

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    2. Then where would be park when we went to village hall??????????????? or don't people that use that count??
      I asked the question about the petrol station car park, but it would overlook houses

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    3. The more I read about the parking the clearer it is becoming that the problem doesn't appear to be the supermarket but the commuters using the station! Perhaps we need a new thread specifically for that topic rather than posting under the Sainsbury's banner?

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  17. Been to shop at sainsburys today. Its a great store, my only gripe is no shop and scan never mind its better than Tescos by miles.I will be shopping there in the future.Dorridge is a better place to shop.

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  18. Sainsburys in Dorridge - when ? where ? did I miss somethig, - Lived in village all my life and did not know anything about this.
    I thinks its time I had a look around to see if I can find it.
    Well I never ........
    Next thing you know we will have a Tesco's .....

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    1. 1652, need to get out more;-)

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    2. 1652 - you're e a banana.

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  19. 25% off 6 bottles of wine started today, there are some good wines in the £15-20 bracket as rec'd by the Wine Gang. About the scan and shop, spoke to one of the managers, it seems that the company is to produce an app for iPhone and android, where you scan with your phone as you shop. Had to happen, but I'm a bit pissed off that I have to use my smartphone to do the work of the check out.

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  20. Loads of people do not have smartphones, we really are being forced into buying things we don't want. I only need a mobile occasionally so used my computer at home, so no need for smartphone, me any many others

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  21. One of the problems with this development is that it's very badly designed. Anyone can see that the car park is too small in proportion to the store. The attempt to blend in with the existing shops on a difficult sloping site has given us something that's not just very big, but also very dominant. Having the retail units sprawling up Station Road makes them feel disconnected from the main village centre too. It's a retail park solution in a residential location.

    It's sad that the planning process focused so heavily on the SIZE of the development and left little time for the community to have some input into the STYLE of the development. A lot of people laughed at the DROVS "alternative plan", but in retrospect, that was the right direction in which to move the conversation at that time. It's a terrible shame DDRA weren't able to get more involved.

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    1. 12:51
      I've used the store most days, at different times - never had a problem parking. The store alwas seems busy so I assume many people walk there.

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  22. Well - went in and bought a few things. It's fine but I will be staying loyal to Tesco as I live in Knowle - I like the big Tesco Monkspath for big shop once every one or two weeks. Would have liked the store to be more glass and wood but it is what it is. Dorridge Centre has always been pretty charmless. The station, the railway Bridge and the little square with the hairdressers. Station Bar pretty ugly too. I think there will be a lot of people like me who've just been in for a nosey so the parking may well be fine. Seems funny now it's up and running - just a supermarket - no big deal. Dorridge has never been a village - that is why it has no centre/village green/ square. Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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    1. Parts of Knowle High Street are delightful and some are ghastly but move away from the High Street and I'm afraid Knowle just doesn't do it for me and always strikes me as a town rather than a village.
      However, I do agree with many things you say. I think Dorridge is blessed in that it has lovely surrounding countryside and because of the low bridge has always been protected from disruptive heavy traffic. Most of the houses in Dorridge are loved family homes and therefore much cared for but I fear for all the older larger homes on large sections which are being felled at a massive rate in favour of tasteless cloned developments or rebuilt in the race for bigger and better. Dorridge's history (what there was) is disappearing before our very eyes and very few seem to care. Not even the church is safe.How come some villages and towns take pride and protect their older buildings but we struggle. There may not be many classical picture book buildings but they are of an era, history in the making.
      The railway station, station approach and the Forest are Dorridge, as are the glorious trees that are so distinctively Dorridge and the part that to me makes it feel like home.
      Dorridge has always fallen victim to poor design, the old square, Forest Court and now Sainsbury's. It is such a shame because in reality Dorridge is so lucky to have the rolling landscape and established trees with the attractive station building at its core, there was so much scope to make the centre a real show piece, the envy of many. We have, sadly thrown this opportunity away.
      I agree with many that this new development is very outdated and I suspect will not attract the support needed to sustain it. If the supermarket is not supported and I know of many who say they will not, then the independentt units may not be supported either - another Forest Court.
      I don't doubt a supermarket was needed but it won't make a community. People do that.
      if another car park is developed then maybe the old square car park can be retired and turned into grass/cobbled courtyard and gardens for events such as an occasional farmers market etc, spring craft fairs, whatever normally happens in a villages heart - Christmas lights, community gatherings.
      I grew up in Dorridge at a time when it was a thriving, happy village but for those who constantly knock it and say it isn't then do something about it and create a sense of community, - that is YOUR job not Sainsbury's.

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  23. Knowle has some pretty ugly buildings too...

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  24. Yes, but we are not moaning about them all the time and our High Street is really beautiful when the Christmas Lights are on

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  25. Like the comment from the Warwick Sainsbury's manager that the car park is too small! Wrong, it's the store which is stupidly big, totally out of scale/

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  26. Don't think I believe the Warwick Sainsbury's manager said that. I could say the queen said she'd be shopping in Dorridge Sainsbury's but wouldn't make it true. The car park will probably be fine - but 'll wait and see. Also - Knowle has become much more attractive over the time I've lived around here and it doesn't really have any ugly buildings it's very nice. The best bit of Dorridge is the part round the park - Beaconsfield close end and Temple Road area and Station Approach is quite nice but Grange Road petrol station, the railway bridge the road up to Forest Road not very attractive. And not a village - just an area of shops.

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    1. The manger from the Warwick store DID make the comment to me.

      I rode up the travelator with him and out on to the roof top car park where he made the remark.

      I haven't heard from the Queen so can't report her views.

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    2. Poppycock and twaddle. You've made this up. I don't believe a word of this.

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  27. Having been born in the area (Solihull) I still refer to that as the villiage, I know silly, but that how it was known. I do not look on Knowle and a Town, but a thriving community, I have lived in Knowle and my parents lived in Dorridge for over 50 years. In Knowle was have a very acive Knowle Society which has over 3500 members and if there is a problem (say Waitrose) they will call a public meeting so we can all have a say, which has never rally happened in Dorridge, there seems to be no community spirit there (my parents in 30 years never found it) They live in a lovely road Walcot Green, I agree that all around Dorridge is lovely and I also agree, why are people buying up the houses and turning them into something you expect to see in the suberbs? Hope that Sainsbury does help Dorridge as it needs something to do so.

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    1. Thank goodness for Dr Bower setting up the Knowle Society. He and subsequent members were a scourge on property developers, and Knowle is better for it. I have lived in Dorridge for 40 odd years and the Sainsburys shop is a welcome addition, I would have loved to have small shops and a smaller supermarket, but we have to live in the real world. please support Sainburys, or as another poster said, we will have another Forest court.

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    2. Knowle are very lucky to have The Knowle Society fighting to maintain the best aspects of the village.

      Here in Dorridge we are stuck with the self important DDRA who took it upon themselves to support the development without a proper consultation process with the people who live in the village.

      Dr Bower had the interests of the community in mind whilst Dr Upton and Co just heard the sound of cash registers.

      That said the whole things has now opened and we have no sensible alternative but to get on with life.

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      No doubt you are throwing insults from the side lines, having volunteered yourself to improve things and offered to take part in the DDRA and make it less "self important"
      NO, I thought not. Pathetic

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    4. Ddra four ashes dwellers or Bentley heath

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  28. I didn't want a store the size that has been built but it is here now .
    On a positive note I have found the staff polite and very willing to help.
    Early days I know but a good start.

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  29. Stop bashing the DDRA - Strange everybody thinks Knowle Society's so good all of a sudden - plenty of people have been annoyed with them in the past - its a thankless task being in any of these groups because you get a lot of negetivity. I am a member of the Knowle society and don't always agree with them. I agree with above person who posted that Dorridge does not really have a community spirit. It's just the nature of the place. It's still a brilliant area to live in - the way the kids all walk to school, the park is well used. I think the houses have to be updated - not so keen on the Cala type developments but plenty of people doing up existing homes to high level so that they can live in them so that is all good.

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  30. I'm very pleased with the store. Given the size of the plot I think they've done an excellent job. The car park maybe a little small at busy times like Christmas but I'm sure it will suffice the rest fo the year. IT's a massive improvement over the concrete monstrosity that was there previously and Dorridge is at least now functional as the little shops were beyond useless.

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  31. I stood looking at the new Sainsbury’s with all its gloss and glitter and I thought back to Forest Court when it opened, a good variety of shops, good food store, a Post Office, lovely flower beds, a pleasant place to shop and meet your friends. Sadly neglect and over avaricious landlords ended its life but I wonder what Sainsburys will look like in a few years with the planking and stuck on bricks!

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    1. 9:02
      How it looks in a few years is entirely down to YOU, ME, and every other local resident.

      Forest Court fell into disrepair because people stopped shopping there.

      If you want to keep the village looking nice the only way is to spend your money there - in all the shops.
      Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

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  32. It seems the butcher counter has closed down. Was there a restrictive covenant with Dorridge butchers. ?

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  33. no, my mistake. All open today, ? fault with cooler.
    store busy this morning, although customer service were a bit underwhelmed

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  34. I was shocked when I saw the new Sainsbury's development in Dorridge. It's far too big, too tall, and is an awful blot on the landscape. I haven't been inside it, and I don't intend to. It is a complete travesty, and Sainsbury's should be ashamed to have destroyed the quiet, small-scale environment that was Dorridge. My friends and I now call it Horridge. Because it is just that - horrid.

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    1. I too am saddened. However I am also saddened by the fact that some Dorridge resident's have already started showering the new planting on Forest Road with empty cake boxes, train tickets, coffee cups, paper serviettes and other sundry rubbish.
      Take your ghastly rubbish home with you or put it in one of the rubbish bins put there for you.

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    2. I agree with you totally,really hate litter louts. Solihull Council agreed to the store so they now need to get a full time litter patrol sorted.

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    3. and dog mess! disgusting

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  35. Don't go in and miss your friends shopping, chatting, having a coffee. Dorridge this morning was alive, carols in the new open area, and the place stuffed with families and oldies.
    One downside is having to allow extra time as you will spend a lot of time chatting with friends, Dorridge has a buzz now. Horridge it was, Dorridge it is.

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    1. Our friends don't shop there.

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  36. Its an improvement on what was there, almost.... parking is now a nightmare for those living in the poplar road area as residents street parking is being taken up by staff parking

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