Despite all the noise made by DROVS, (Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore) a minority group of self-appointed vigilantes, the majority of Dorridge residents want to see the new Sainsburys built as soon as possible.
Those who yearn for the return of ‘the small shops’ are out of touch with the real world. The reason the previous small shops went out of business is simply that there is no general demand for this kind of shopping.
Today people want a wide choice, keen pricing and the ability to do all the week’s shop under one roof and in comfort. Only a ‘supermarket style’ shop can provide this.
Calls for a much reduced size store will result in just another convenience store.
The result of the failure of Sainsbury’s to build a decent sized store are too awful to think about. The only other possible use of the site is high density housing, which would deny Dorridge decent shopping, parking, and a surgery.
DROVS makes great play on the likely increase in traffic through Knowle and past the schools in Station Road. Has no one thought of the route from the M42 to Hockley Heath then via Aylesbury Road to Dorridge? An easy route completely avoiding the bottleneck of Knowle High Street.
And 12 trucks per 24 hours will make very little difference to the traffic on that route.
As residents of Dorridge for more than 40 years we have seen the gradual decline of the area. With this latest proposal from Sainsbury’s we have a golden opportunity to breath new life into the place, and the additional ‘footfall’ created would mean that some specialist independent shops would have the chance to succeed.
The case that DROVS makes is a weak one. The so-called experts whose opinions are given in their latest publication are anonymous! Do we know that these people even exist? We, however, are not afraid to put our names to our opinions
Alan and Doris Pratt, Kingscote Road, Dorridge