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Family moves house due to KFC fears

Plans to build a KFC in Shirley have prompted a local family to move home

A new KFC restaurant is planned for Stratford Road in Shirley
A new KFC restaurant is planned for Stratford Road in Shirley

A SHIRLEY family was so concerned about plans to open a KFC takeaway a stone’s throw from their home that they’ve moved house.

William Mitchell decided to put his house on the market after the fast food giant lodged an appeal against the council’s decision to turn down the application.

The father-of-one launched a campaign earlier this year against the restaurant coming to Stratford Road and even managed to gain the support of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, alongside other residents and local councillors.

William, aged 43, his wife and his 15-year-old daughter have now moved to Hall Green but the reason for the move has left a nasty taste in their mouths.

“I still feel very bitter about it but it was something we had to do,” he told us. “We loved that house and we try not to think about it too much because it is very upsetting.

“KFC was the only reason we have moved but we had very strong feelings about it. It’s the type of people it [KFC] will attract and the fact that it will be on my daughter’s bus route.

“The increase in traffic is also a concern and the fact that they would have basically been in the back garden of our property.

“I am convinced KFC will get their way, despite the fact that no-one wants it.

“KFCs are cropping up in a lot of residential areas and it is just completely inappropriate, especially as often they are near schools.”

A public inquiry into the application will take place next month.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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