Objections are now being taken. Here's mine. Bit of a rush job but you get the gist.
The fitness first gym is the only gym in the area, the closest alternatives are in Kings Heath or Cotteridge. One is much smaller and the other is mostly free weights. I use fitness first 3 times a week and in the evenings it is very busy catering for a wide range of ages. It offers a varied selection of activities with good support from helpful and knowledgeable staff.
The bowling alley frequently has offers for families which we take up. It's a nice friendly venue and a good place to go with my wife and two children. There is nothing similar for quite a distance.
On the other hand there are plenty of shops available. The co-op is close by as is Farmfoods. Tesco maintain their intention to build a supermarket. If they do so and this application is granted we will have 4 supermarkets within a square mile, but no gym and no family based activity centre for older children.
The removal of fitness first and PSL will erode two key community centres. At a time when health is a key concern it makes little sense to replace two activity centres with yet another food store.
If the council are minded to give permission for Lidl to build in the area may I suggest that first Tesco be put to task to commit firmly its intentions in Stirchley either way.