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Locals renew pitch battle

ST ALPHEGE residents continued to vent their anger at the proposed sale of the rugby pitch on Sharmans Cross Road at a meeting last night.

ST ALPHEGE residents continued to vent their anger at the proposed sale of the rugby pitch on Sharmans Cross Road at a meeting last night.

Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club has re-submitted a planning application which if approved would see them groundshare with Solihull Moors FC at Damson Park.

Their current home would be demolished by developers Oakmoor and replaced by an 87-property estate.

Locals turned out in force for the meeting, at Solihull Arden Club, spearheaded by the Sharmans Cross Action Group. They believe the development is out of character and inappropriate to the surrounding area.

As well as car-parking issues, increased traffic worries, and narrow entry and exit points they fear the loss of amenity land.

Chairman Pat Montague also claims there are innacuracies in the business case put forward. If the business case submitted is shown to be unsustainable then the planning application would fail.

“Let me give you an example, Oakmoor value the site at £8million yet a professional valuation we have conducted falls millions short,” he said. “This adds an enourmous hole in the funds available.

However, should the move get the go-ahead upgraded facilities, including an astroturf pitch, would provide an excellent base for the borough’s senior rugby and football teams.

A spokesman for the club said: “We have taken into account concerns raised by our neighbours at Sharmans Cross Road and refined our proposals before submitting them.

“We want Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club to be established among the country’s leading professional clubs and we believe a ground move is crucial to securing this.”

 

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