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YOUR article on the new Sainsbury’s planned for Dorridge rightly expresses the concerns of the valiant shopkeepers, who make a living against the odds in the Forest Court shopping precinct.

YOUR article on the new Sainsbury’s planned for Dorridge rightly expresses the concerns of the valiant shopkeepers, who make a living against the odds in the Forest Court shopping precinct.

They operate in a shopping area which has a low footfall in a centre which has lost its heart, so comparisons with Shirley are not entirely valid.

As a Dorrige resident I welcome Sainsbury’s plans to come and breathe new life into Forest Court in the hope that those shopkeepers who stay may benefit from increased footfall.

The carbon footprint of many of us would decrease if the weekly shopping trip to Tesco in Monkspath could be abandoned for a local supermarket.

My main concern is that car parking is sufficient to meet demand. The icing on the cake would be if a new Dorridge Post Office could be housed within the complex.

John Bragg, via e-mail

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Not needed

A new Sainsbury’s for Dorridge is the last thing we need with the economy in the state it is (Solihull News). To close down existing businesses right now is crazy enough but the supermarket will have a knock on effect for other businesses.

Supermarkets reduce local choice, result in the loss of small businesses, a net loss of jobs, take money out of the local economy and damage the environment.

The only winner is the supermarket and their shareholders. A Friends of the Earth study of local food businesses showed that around 50 per cent of the profits are returned to the local economy while as little as five per cent of the profits of supermarkets are re-invested in the local economy.

Another study by the National Retailer Planning Forum showed that nearly 300 jobs are lost per superstore opened.

At this time with the economy struggling, we should be backing our local businesspeople and our local shops.

Chris Williams

Green Party Prospective Euro-MP

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Wonderful news

DR Ghannam’s account of the circumstances of the birth of the Lord Jesus (‘Faith Matters’ December 12) does not accord with that recorded in the holy Bible.

The period between conception and childbirth was not ‘just hours’ as claimed by Dr Ghannam. Following the conception of Jesus, Mary visited her relative, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist.

Mary stayed three months with Elizabeth before returning home. It was later, that Mary went with Joseph to Bethlehem, where the Lord Jesus was born. The gospel of Luke, chapters 1 and 2, gives us the details.

The angel Gabriel told Mary that the Lord Jesus is the great Prophet promised in the Scriptures of the Old Testament. He also said, “The Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” The wonderful news of Christmas is of the coming into the world of a Saviour to save all those who trust in him, from sin and its dreadful consequences.

Alec Taylor, Chelmsley Wood Reformed Baptist Church

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Racing certainty

I HAVE been reading the various letters on the subject of the Stratford Road/Union Road roundabout with interest as it represents yet another huge blunder in the design and construction of Solihull roadways.

Who is employed to design these idiotic ‘solutions’? Bob the Builder? Well THEY certainly can not fix anything!

We have the Marshall Lake Road retail park fiasco where pedestrians are herded like lemmings towards the main through-way for cars and then cross at their peril. We have the mini roundabouts with no apparent rules of the road applying there too.

What about the Cranmore chicane? Which lane are we meant to use exactly? I have approached the roundabout in both lanes only to find that, whichever of the three lanes around the roundabout I use, I end up almost cutting-up another, similarly confused, driver.

The traffic filter lights at Haslucks Green Road/Stratford Road are a joke.

The net effect is nil - drivers still speed past the Plume pub and Shirley church well in excess of 30mph - the same goes for the Cranmore chicane. Further down towards Tesco there are the two speed cameras which serve to limit these people to 40mph briefly, until they are once again charging up my boot because I am going ‘too slow’.

John Davies, Shirley

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What a Santa!

Having just taken our seven year old daughter to see Santa in his grotto at Touchwood, we were left with one sentiment – this was the best Santa ever.

The queue may have taken a while to go down, but this was because he spent so long with each child.

We spent well over five minutes in the grotto, during which time Santa totally convinced our little girl that he knew all about her and how well she was doing.

He talked about the North Pole, his reindeers and numerous other aspects of Christmas, and was, quite simply, everything that Santa should be – twinkly, convivial and totally believable.

Our little girl received a present with her name on it and we all left, totally spell-bound.

And what’s more, it was free!

Pat Carse, Hampton in Arden

 

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