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What the ASDA Stirchley site could be…?

June 16, 2011

Here’s a quick sketch of what the site could be based on my ideas in the previous post and some comments on twitter. Should have a children’s play area too somewhere:

I’m emailing local councillors to see if there is the will and the cash in the local council to be able to do this sort of thing, even in phases. There is some ‘Section 106’ money from the TESCO agreement to pay for relocation of the indoor bowls and I hope there is some money in sport and leisure, open spaces, heritage budgets etc…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2011 3:25 PM

    This is exactly the right kind of thinking for our community. Thanks for giving this your time and energy.

  2. Mark permalink
    June 20, 2011 4:55 PM

    Hi Tom, how about the council doing something innovative like funding buildings for micro businesses and start-ups along with affordable housing and a village square? It seems incumbent councillors think another low-skilled, minimum wage paying retail giant is the answer. Where are their brains, where’s the innovation that Birmingham showed the world 200 plus years ago? Let’s refuse these supermarkets; they’re killing society.

  3. John Price permalink
    July 25, 2011 7:39 AM

    When you have lived in the area as long as I have you’ll have seen businesses come and go.There is little sustainability for micro businesses in this area and I would suggest the prospects of sustainable and well paid employment are minimal.How on earth you can suggest that we need a village square is beyond me.One of the main arterial roads passes straight through our village.Landscaping will be taking place during the Tesco build where the reclamation yard is currently.Both developments would bring long term investment and sustainable employment into the area for many years to come.

    • July 25, 2011 9:07 AM

      I think the fact an arterial road passes through is exactly why we need a village square – to help make the town centre a bit less linear. Kings Heath are just doing exactly the same thing and it’ll be interesting to see the success or otherwise of that. Also Tesco are building on the site where the community market is held and therefore it will be homeless unless another street-front venue can be found – a village square would give this a permanent home.

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