Late night thoughts about ASDA stirchley
It’s been a thought provoking couple of days what with the well-attended Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum all about the possible ASDA in Stirchley, and yesterday an enlightening meeting with Joe from Birmingham Friends or the Earth. The neighbourhood forum showed me that Stirchley has plenty of people in both camps – many for but also many against, and also that negative campaigning can lead to negative reactions from others, and possibly make the campaign easier to dismiss. In my meeting with Joe he encouraged us to campaign as positively as possible for exactly this reason, and to think about pulling together ideas for an alternative use for the site. This is something I’ve been thinking about anyway, so late last night I jotted down these ideas which I think could all happen easily on the site and would bring far more positives to Stirchley than the ASDA proposal. Here they are in unedited bullet form:
Swimming pool, indoor bowls, gym.
200 parking spaces
Fordhouse lane vehicle entrance
Pershore road pedestrian/cycle entrance
Cycle linkage from Rea valley route to Village
Permanent village square on the high street (where Stirchley carpets/mayfield road are now)
Weekly food/craft market
No loss of high st parking, and there could even be a small ‘high street car park’ in front of the square, increasing parking in Stirchley.
Chapel as visitor centre/rea valley heritage centre/ public toilets.
Green space next to river – community garden/orchard or football pitch?
Much easier to get to without car (no shopping), therefore less impact on traffic.
Fits with current centro initiative.
I’d welcome any comments and addition to these ideas, as well as alternatives. If anyone has any drawing/design skills and could sketch this kind of thing up, please get in touch on a comment or email@example.com