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Survey finds traders ‘unaware’ of plans

AS the latest Parkgate proposals are deliberated by Shirley residents, one local couple have carried out their own survey on what people really think of the revised development.

AS the latest Parkgate proposals are deliberated by Shirley residents, one local couple have carried out their own survey on what people really think of the revised development.

Malcolm and Ann Turner, respectively chairman and secretary of the Shirley Residents Association, conducted their own personal survey across Shirley including shops in Haslucks Green Road and from Stratford Road to Jacey Road and Union Road.

The pair who live in Neville Road asked more than 50 traders ‘Are you in favour of the latest Shirley Advance proposals for the New Heart for Shirley?’

Despite asking people over the two weeks that included the Shirley Advance consultation period, the Turners claim most traders were unaware of the consultation.

Anne, who is 70 was born in Shirley and has lived in the area for 42 years, said: “We knew Shirley Advance were going to resubmit plans and we are very concerned so we just thought we would conduct our own survey and ask some of the traders what they thought.

“So many of the traders admitted Shirley needed a boost but said this development wouldn’t sort the problem.

“They were also concerned that we would lose nearly three acres of parkland as well as the amount of increased traffic.

“Of the traders we were able to talk to only 15 per cent were in favour of the scheme with 63 per cent against.

“The remainder were undecided.

“We shop in Shirley all the time and when you are there you never not meet someone you know. We don’t want this huge development. We just want the best for Shirley.”

 

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