Another Stirchley Is Possible is a campaign group set up by concerned local residents to oppose the planned Tesco retail development and to consult the public about what they’d like to see in Stirchley.
Our first aim is to stop the development of the Tesco superstore which is planned for a site on the Pershore Road. It is suggested that the superstore will kickstart regeneration in the area. We believe it would trap Stirchley in a continuing cycle of decline.
Our second aim is to find out what the people of Stirchley would really like to see in their community and put pressure on Birmingham City Council to make that happen instead.
We don’t think another supermarket is suitable for the area because:
- It will increase the traffic (including the many and frequent lorry deliveries) along the already congested Pershore Road, as well as Bournville Lane, Umberslade Road, Hunts Road, and the Cotteridge islands.
- As has happened all over the country, Tesco’s massive buying power would force many valuable local retailers out of business. This wouldn’t only affect Stirchley, but also Cotteridge, Bournville and along Raddlebarn Road.
- We want to use this potential development as an opportunity to make Stirchley a more pleasant place to both live and work, and to provide residents with facilities that they’d really like. We don’t want Stirchley to become a place that people only drive to, shop, and drive out of again.
At the moment we’re being told that a large superstore is the only option. We believe Another Stirchley is Possible…