LOCAL Lib Dem MP, Lorely Burt will be pounding the streets of Shirley this week asking residents their views on the latest Parkgate scheme proposed for the area.
Ms Burt is intending to use the developer’s own questionnaire to gauge public opinion on Thursday,Friday and Saturday.
She said: “I would describe the 10 per cent reduction proposed by Asda as ‘no big deal’. I am actually very keen to understand what the people in Shirley think about this development so I shall be targeting a selection of random households.
“I am not sending my endorsement, I really want the best for Shirley. I would have wished for the developers to put forward a proposal that was more modest for the anchor store and the land take.”
Meanwhile residents group ‘Keep Shirley Alive’ has sent a message to developers saying ‘another large ‘one stop’ supermarket would be the last straw for remaining hard-pressed independent shops’.
Robert Cawte from the group added: “Unlike the developers and Asda we have no financial interest in ‘Parkgate’, we are just residents who live here and want the best for our community and for Shirley to continue as a good place in which to live.
“We have however been opposed to a development that involves yet another large supermarket in an area already dominated by seven supermarkets.
“Another superstore will bring in so much additional traffic that could make residents lives a misery.
“We have also opposed the present development because it takes nearly three acres of precious parkland and green open space, in an area which we believe has the least in Solihull.”
But Robert Birch of Shirley Advance was optimistic after a public exhibition held recently attracted more than 400 people.
“We’re really pleased with how it’s gone. The turnout was fantastic and we’re really grateful to people for giving their time to come down and see what we’re now proposing, particularly those that filled in the feedback forms. Public consultation has been an extremely important aspect of this project from the very beginning and has helped shape the design and scope of the plans.”