PEOPLE who wax sentimental about Dorridge’s ‘village’ make me smile. We first moved here in 1975, at that time living on busy Station Road, and have always thought of Dorridge more as an outer suburb than a ‘village’.
In part this may be because the shopping centre has long been in decline, the upper precinct a sad sight. I have enquired of the three businesses which I use most and all say they have agreements with Sainsbury’s for alternative accommodation.
The planned development will provide a more attractive appearance, improved shopping facilities, a better doctor’s surgery, a café, and a community area. It seems to me these will encourage local people to do their shopping locally and will encourage the sense of community that makes a village.
Of course traffic flow will alter and inevitably some people will be inconvenienced but I feel confident that Solihull Council will ensure adequate measures are in place to maximise safety and minimise that inconvenience.
Rosemary Zoro, via e-mail