PLANS for a large Sainsbury’s store in Dorridge finally got the go ahead last week as councillors said the locality was ‘a village divided.’
But is Dorridge really split equally down the middle over the contentious scheme?
Reporters Cathrina Hulse and David Irwin visited the leafy village the day after the meeting to ask locals their opinion.
Those that we talked to all had definite views on the impact Sainsbury’s would have on the community.
All agreed the dilapidated Forest Court desperately needed refurbishing but the question has always been how big?
Jane Lavery lives in the village. She said she was ‘absolutely for’ the development.
“That area has been dead and dying for years.
“It needs revitalising and I think the state of Forest Court is dreadful.
“Certainly in Station Road there’s a problem with the school and parking but I assume that will be sorted out.”
But scientist and mum Dr Andrea Collins from Poplar Road said she remained concerned about the traffic and parking particulary with two junior schools in the area.
“There are several families who have said they are concerned about the speed of cars down Poplar Road.
“I think it’s too large but I don’t know how feasible a smaller store would be.”
But villager Guy Richardson said he was ‘pleased’with the decision.
“Forest Court is an eyesore. The original plan was excessive but now it’s large enough to still get the weekly shopping.”
Businesswoman Averil Smith who owns Panache in Dorridge was ‘delighted’.
She said: “It’s great news for Dorridge.
“I think this will bring more footfall to the area which is great for local businesses.
“We do have our regular customers but when Sainsbury’s is built it should encourage shoppers and the supermarket employees to use local shops.
“But I hope Sainsbury’s start work soon as it is becoming a real problem with drugs, litter and people sleeping there.”