TRADERS and residents have condemned Sainsbury’s appeal to build another supermarket in Shirley - despite almost 1,800 objections.
Sainsbury’s original plans for a store on Haslucks Green Road were thrown out by Solihull planners last September after the council received a petition of over 1,400 signatures. There were also 400 letters, citing fears over road safety and damage to local trade.
So locals were outraged to discover the supermarket had decided to appeal the council’s decision.
Resident Ann Turner, said: “When Sainsbury’s first put in their application, they seemed to take it for granted there would be no opposition.
“But there have been some really bad accidents around there and it’s just not good for the traders.
“I think it’s wrong that the big independents should have a monopoly on everything. They already have stores on the Stratford Road and at the Maypole. What about the little people?
“The station shops have been there a long, long time, why should they lose their livelihood?”
Raj Chaggers, of Chaggers Supermarket, said if the appeal was granted, it would damage business and put further pressure on customer parking.
“Traffic is bad enough round here already,” said Mr Chaggers. “The 90 degree parking they are proposing is absolutely ridiculous and our customers would really struggle to find spaces.”
Trevor Eames, secretary of Solihull Ratepayers’ Association, called Sainsbury’s parking plan “a crazy proposal” which “pays no regard to safety considerations or common sense”.
The Association is calling for a rejection of the appeal and is petitioning Solihull Council to introduce a pedestrian crossing and 20mph zone by the shops to improve road safety following several serious road accidents in the past six months.
These included the major crash between a skip lorry and the 49E bus on Haslucks Green Road in February which hospitalised four people.