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Villagers divided over store plans

DISCONTENT in Dorridge abounds as villagers draw battle lines over plans for a Sainbury’s supermarket.

DISCONTENT in Dorridge abounds as villagers draw battle lines over plans for a Sainbury’s supermarket.

In one corner the protest group DROVS (Dorridge Residents Oppose to Village Superstore) say the proposed store is too big for the village while in the other, the local doctor’s surgery - which will be refurbished under the plans - and its Patient Participation Group are keen to welcome the development.

Local pharmacist and member of the PPG, Don Eckley, has slammed DROVS, claiming the group is ‘completely negative’.

“We were delighted with the latest proposed plan which will more than double the size of the surgery. The DROVS group, however, are being completely negative in their response and are accusing Sainsbury’s of not listening to Dorridge residents.

“Sainsbury’s certainly have listened.”

Mr Eckley, from Apsley Grove added: “Their second plan made no provision for any alteration to Dorridge Surgery premises at all.”

This omission was taken up with them by the doctors and by the PPG. “We received no support whatsoever from DROVS, in fact, they appeared to regard the situation of Dorridge Surgery as being irrelevant.”

The PPG have drawn up a petition to support Sainsbury’s planning application. Copies are available at Dorridge Surgery.

A spokesperson for DROVS said: “We are very positive about seeing Forest Court redeveloped and we too support a refurbished and extended surgery. We welcome the opportunity to talk to the PPG.”

And Matthew Walker, a Dorridge resident who visited the surgery added: “Anyone can see why the GPs welcome Sainsbury’s investment but, as a patient, it doesn’t feel right being asked to sign a pro-Sainsbury’s petition.”

 

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