A TOUGH-TALKING St Alphege councillor has pledged a controversial up-market housing scheme will go ahead “over his dead body”.
The pledge was made by Conservative Joe Tildesley as over 150 residents from St Alphege joined forces on Wednesday in a bid to quash plans to turn Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club’s current ground into a new housing estate.
Locals from Sharmans Cross Road and its surrounding streets turned up in force to a meeting at Solihull Arden Club led by determined co-ordinator Pat Mondague.
Councillors Kate Wild, Joe Tildesley and planning expert and former Bees’ president Bob Price were also in attendance to make up the Sharmans Cross Action Group, all fighting against Oakmoor Estates’ plans to build 87 new homes.
The plans, which will also see Bees join forces in a pioneering groundshare arrangement with Solihull Moors Football Club are sure to benefit both clubs but hundreds of residents are firmly against it.
As nearby neighbours vented their anger at the proposal, issues such as inadequate parking, traffic congestion, and out of character buildings all cropped up.
Some residents were also worried that the new buildings could threaten their chances of sending their children to top schools in the borough because there will more competition for places.
Coun Tidesley who lives on Welcombe Grove called on residents to remain positive.
“I have lived on the grove for 15 years and I’m telling you this plan will not go ahead. Over my dead body.
“We will not let this happen.”
Mr Mondague went on to say that it would be ‘mayhem’ if it went ahead however he hopes enough people come forward to help support their case.
“We’ve had 200 replies to letters sent out locally, but the only way we will win this is through people power.”
The action group are also drawing up a petition which they hope will receive enough signatures to swing the planning committee at a meeting expected to be in late January.