UPDATED plans to revitalise Shirley were unveiled last week to a mixed reaction from locals and shoppers.
We asked residents and passers-by for their thoughts on the Parkgate scheme which would see the ASDA superstore reduced in size by 10 per cent and a mix of townhouses and apartments. The temporary car park which was set to be introduced to Shirley Park during construction would also be scrapped.
Carol Mountford from Wythall was firmly against redevelopment of the town centre.
“I think we have got enough choices with Iceland, Aldi and Marks and Spencers. I feel sorry for the local shops. I buy all my veg locally and I try to go in each shop. They get to know what you like and they know your name and there’s plenty of car parking already.”
Kings Heath resident Carol Wainwright was also against more redevelopment.
She said: “I like the shops as they are. I know there would have to be a lot of building work but it takes away all the greenery.
I used to work for Clarkes Greengrocers in Kings Heath and helped out at the one in Shirley. The traders are fighting all the time against supermarkets.”
However Antony and Rachel Tyler from Hall Green welcomed plans to redevelop Shirley.
Shopping with son Daniel, the couple, who have four children, said: “An ASDA store would be great. There are all the job opportunities as well locally. The only thing we wouldn’t like is cutting down the park. We often use it.”
Hall Green resident Joan Pollard has lived in the area for 40 years and has seen a lot of change. “I think there’s room for both.
“Half of these small shops are closing down and ASDA is good, selling a wide range of clothes so I would shop there.”
Hollywood couple Cyril and Doreen Collett often shop in Shirley and enjoy its wide variety of stores.
“We like Shirley and its choice but we do shop in the supermarkets too.”