THE centre of Dorridge needs more than a facelift. Only the opportunities offered by the recently submitted revised Sainsbury’s proposals for the Forest Court site can prevent complete commercial implosion in Dorridge as it faces increasing future competition from other nearby centres.
These proposals are resisted by a vociferous but misguided minority who claim to have the best interests of the community at heart. In reality they offer no commercial sense. All this scaremongering about scores of delivery trucks, traffic jams up to the cricket ground, historic trees being felled, and worst of all thousands of people who don’t even live in Dorridge invading our rural idyll is just nonsense.
I urge Knowle/Dorridge residents who want to see our suburb thrive to back these Sainsbury’s proposals and express their support to their councillors and planners.
Have vision. Grasp this opportunity to restore Dorridge.
David Hess, Hawkshead Drive, Knowle
Not in favour
I have never attended a DROVS meeting, yet I felt the need to write to you as I find the opinions voiced in the article to be very, very different to the opinions of the vast majority of those with whom I have discussed Sainsbury’s plans for Forest Court in Dorridge.
You have written that “Villagers in Dorridge have given a cautious thumbs up to the revised plans for a Sainsbury’s superstore”, yet the reaction of most of the locals I have spoken to is entirely the opposite.
Many of the shopkeepers anxious for the extra footfall that will accompany the opening of a large Sainsbury’s in Dorridge, are indeed positive about the proposed development. But most residents are opposed to Sainsbury’s plans. How extensive was the straw poll that you conducted?
Richard Thomson, Poplar Road, Dorridge
A positive step
I understand that some people will have concerns about an increase in traffic in Dorridge if the Sainsbury’s store is built. Other than that I can’t see a negative.
Dorridge has a large number of older residents and this supermarket would make it very easy for them to maintain their independence.
Dorridge is regarded as cosy little village, but with a huge derelict precinct in its centre the atmosphere is ruined.
In addition, the store will offer more jobs in the area, which I’m sure would be welcome.
Having this central shop will also rebuild the sense of community that Dorridge has lost over the last few years. Locals shopping in a local store is good for the community, and actually with its central location, many people can easily walk to the shop so less cars, and it will bring more trade to the surrounding shops – much needed, particularly with strong competition in Knowle.
Laura Reid via e-mail
I felt compelled to write to you as soon as I read your front page article “cautious yes to superstore plan” due to the majority of its seven quotes being from people who do not live in Dorridge and therefore wouldn’t suffer the noise and air pollution, safety and traffic issues and unsightly floodlit rooftop car park that I certainly didn’t move to Dorridge for.
The majority of people I have spoken to do not support the size of the store as it is currently proposed.
I moved to Dorridge because of its tree lined avenues, village environment and quiet, country feel. Avenue Road is one of the most beautiful residential streets in the country and it will be ruined by this oversized development.
Yes, Forest Court needs developing but why can’t we have a reasonably sized store and other retail units?
I really am concerned for the quality of life for village residents should this proposal go ahead.
M Dovey, Dorridge