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ASDA Stirchley

May 26, 2011

As I reported a couple of weeks ago, ASDA are planning to build a huge store in Stirchley, very close to the TESCO development that has already been given planning permission. They did a public consultation exercise recently, and have just put out a press release that Dave Harte has put up onto his Posterous, claiming some impressive statistics of support amongst the people that filled out the feedback cards. As I wasn’t invited to fill out a feedback card at the event by any of the 5 ASDA staff that I spoke to, I thought I’d put up a quick poll here to see if their impressive statistics ring true, and to see how you guys feel about the ASDA development. So you can make an informed decision, Stirchley Happenings posted online the entirety of the literature that was available at the consultation (click here). Now go forth and vote (please don’t vote unless you actually live/work in South Brum or are otherwise connected to Stirchley)…

There are a few local folks trying to set up a public meeting about this issue, and there’ll probably be a website up soon too – check back here for any news on that front or follow @loafonline on twitter.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2011 8:04 PM

    ASDA preferred to Tesco. Fordhouse Lane location is probably more suited to a supermarket and even from the start their corporate attitude to residents seems better.

    But the Pershore Rd is in gridlock already, from Dogpool Lane to Lifford Lane how can it possibly cope with more traffic???

    • Claire permalink
      May 27, 2011 11:00 AM

      Tesco is already going ahead, so that’s coming whatever. ASDA however is only at the beginning stages. Personally I don’t want to live by three supermarkets and I can’t see how the usual supermarket council bullying tactic of claiming there isn’t enough food retail to serve the area could apply.

      I totally agree with the traffic issue. It already gets congested enough trying to get into town. I’m not looking forward to the traffic of Tesco as I have no choice. But I’m utterly opposed to adding another giant supermarket to the issue.

      Also the way in which a supermarket goes about expanding somewhere seems irrelevant. The people you meet are a face, they’re employed to appear to be open and resident friendly. Their goal is still the same sugar coated or not. I certainly wasn’t asked about having a new ASDA I wonder where their friendly statistics come from.

      • May 27, 2011 11:19 AM

        Hey Claire, did you go to the exhibition that they did at Hazelwell Hub? I think that was the only opportunity for filling out the feedback cards.

  2. May 26, 2011 10:47 PM

    Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be a question of one or the other, we’ll go from 1 to 3 in a short space of time. You’re right, Traffic will be a nightmare. Asda are estimating 15 articulated lorry’s a day, presumably similar for Tesco, plus all the cars…

  3. May 27, 2011 1:40 PM

    If you’d like a way to get more people to support local businesses rather than supermarkets, take a look at what we’re doing in Kings Heath: http://kingsheath.9carrots.org

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