Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: News |

Following a frantic week of letter writing Lynne Jones (MP for Selly Oak) has thrown her weight behind our pleas asking the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call-in the Tesco planning application for a public enquiry. 

She also recommends the report we submitted to Hazel Blears, highlighting the many failings of the city council’s planning report. In the conclusion to her letter Lynne Jones writes:

Whilst Stirchley needs investment, it has a good range of independent shops and Cotteridge is a rare example of a suburban shopping centre in having several independent greengrocers and butchers, as well as two smallish supermarkets.  All this is threatened by the proposed development, which will also affect traffic enroute beyond Birmingham as well as other centres in Selly Oak, Kings Heath and Maypole and so I hope you will agree that it demands greater scrutiny and meets the criteria to be called-in.

Our campaign has also received the support of local journalist Adrian Goldberg. In his column in the Birmingham Mail he writes:

Creating an additional 120,000 square foot of shopping with parking for 567 cars in the midst of this congestion is madness, and blatantly runs counter to the council’s own policies on sustainability. Stirchley needs major regeneration for sure, but that won’t be achieved by creating longer tail-backs, more frequent traffic jams and extra pollution. And that’s why the nation’s favourite grocer should give Hazel Blears food for thought.

Remember there’s still time to make your objections known to the Secretary of State. Click on the previous post ‘OBJECT NOW!’ for a sample letter and the necessary contact details. If you have already done so then thank you for your efforts.


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    Another Stirchley Is Possible is an action group set up by concerned local residents to oppose the planned Tesco retail development and to campaign for a better alternative


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