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Fears growing over village traffic chaos

DORRIDGE residents fear that plans for a new Sainsbury’s superstore would turn their village into a “constant traffic jam”.

DORRIDGE residents fear that plans for a new Sainsbury’s superstore would turn their village into a “constant traffic jam”.

An action group, Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore, this week presented a file of over 500 objections to Coun Ian Courts.

Several protestors had gathered outside the Civic Suite, on Monday, to make their views known.

Amanda Pemberton, spokeswoman for DROVS, said: “We’re not anti-Sainsbury’s, we just think that the plans are too big for the village.

“We don’t feel that this is something that Dorridge people need - it’s being built for people outside the community.”

After the locals had handed over their file, Coun Courts (Con, Knowle) presented it to Full Council.

As well as letters, the group said they had been bombarded with emails and telephone calls from concerned locals.

Fellow resident Peter Moss said that the plans had caused concern among the pensioners living in the areas.

“Our members, many of whom are elderly themselves, have gone out in the rain and snow to deliver letters to hundreds of homes in Knowle and Dorridge.

“A big concern is about the amount of traffic that will be created. We’re going to get lots of shoppers descending onto roads which haven’t been changed since they were built for carriages.”

Sainsbury’s argue that the development, which also includes a new doctor’s surgery and cafe, would regenerate the Forest Court shopping centre.

This weekend, DROVS members will be holding a silent vigil to coincide with a visit by Solihull Council’s planning committee.

A decision will be made when members meet onWednesday evening. A full report on the outcome will be in next week’s Solihull News.

 

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