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Offline Dave

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2016, 09:38:24 AM »
It's not such great news for the many Stirchley residents who are on low incomes, unemployed, disabled, pensioners etc who will be stuck with the rip off Co Op.
Please realise that not all people have cars or are able to use public transportation to go further afield to find reasonably priced groceries :(

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2016, 01:59:21 PM »
Farmfoods is next door to the co-op.

Most supermarkets offer a delivery service

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2016, 08:44:16 PM »
Farmfoods is not as cheap as LIDL.
Pensioners are unlikely to have large family freezers.
You have to pay extra for delivery........unless you are offering that service for free Kwacky :)

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2016, 11:47:43 AM »
I can't carry much on a motorbike but if you're ever stuck for something feel free to give me a shout.

I appreciate your comments and your predicament, but at a time when more and more people are overweight and we're encouraged to exercise I feel that overall the community is better served by ensuring that the only real gym in the area is not closed down to make way for yet another supermarket. 

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2016, 12:57:58 PM »
In a reversal, Planning just approved Lidl - 6-3 vote.

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2016, 01:47:01 PM »
oh s**t

That's not good.

Offline David vs Goliath

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2016, 04:09:12 PM »
Tescos need to leave and turn the current site into housing and maybe easy gym or free gym site would be perfect,
The idea of a Lidl is useful to the community as it's a scaled down size store compared to enormous tesco plan that will suck all the life from the village

There is no way the tesco project will rejuvenate Stirchley, the locals will face increased congestion and the local businesses will all go out of businesses
As no one will be able to park and get to the shops with tesco on the doorstep

Offline Kwacky

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2016, 04:36:41 PM »
There's  no way Tesco would do that. 

It's such a shame that the idea of replacing a gym with a supermarket is so appealing to people.  I guess that's why we've got an obesity problem in this country. 

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2017, 07:43:09 PM »
https://superstirchley.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/write-to-tesco-lidl/

In light of the recent news, local campaigners 'SuperStirchley' wanted to write to Tesco and Lidl.

SuperStirchley aren’t against Lidl. We want to keep our gym and bowling alley.

We want Tesco to consider selling a portion of their huge expanse of land in Stirchley to Lidl (and the rest for community ownership/housing/row of independent shops/extension to Hazelwell park/giant lido/theme park/ you name it…)

In all seriousness, it takes about a couple of minutes, possibly won’t make a difference, but definitely worth a try.

We have ready made templates here which you can edit as you see fit, feel free to copy us in sosuperstirchley@gmail.com :-

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Matt Davies, Managing Director, Tesco Plc Matt.Davies@uk.tesco.com

Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco Plc Dave.Lewis@uk.tesco.com

Tesco House, Shire Park

Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City 

AL7 1GA

 

Dear Sirs

RE:Tesco, Stirchley, Birmingham

I understand that your company has confirmed it will no longer be building a store at the above location.

I am sure you understand the disappointment this decision will have been to many residents in that and the surrounding area not to have a better quality supermarket in their vicinity. Obviously, this must be a disappointing business decision for you after many years in the planning.

You may be aware that Lidl intend to build on a nearby site which will completely eradicate one of Birmingham’s most popular gyms and a family bowling alley and the other entertainment that provides. They are currently a huge service to the community well above the intentions of Lidl’s.

Many residents and users are seeking direct and indirect actions to vent their anger and voice at our council’s planning decision. Whilst we continue to challenge BCC and Lidl a number of residents were wondering what Tesco could do to help our community with regards to saving those facilities especially in light of your company being a well-respected business in the market and the disappointment of you not continuing with your building of the store.

I am sure your own team would be able to suggest some practical ideas and suggestions but consideration could be to sell the land to the community, to Lidl or other proposals. This would clearly be a positive and supported accolade to you and Tesco’s.

I and/or several active residents would be only to pleased to meet with your representatives should you feel it helpful to all concerned. I can be contacted on the details provided.
Yours sincerely

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Christian Härtnagel Chief Executive christian.haertnagel@lidl.co.uk

Lidl UK GmbH, 19 Worple Road

Wimbledon, London, SW19 4JS

Dear Sir

RE:Lidl, Stirchley, Birmingham

As you will be aware Lidl are proposing to build a store on the site of Fitness First and PSL Bowling leisure centre in Stirchley, Birmingham.  If this proposal goes ahead it will result in the loss of both Fitness First and PSL Bowling, both who provide a huge service to the community.

It has recently been announced that Tesco have decided to pull out of their planned development in Stirchley and are now in the process of looking to sell.  The Tesco land in question has a larger footprint than your planned development on the Fitness First site and it is for this reason that the local community ask you to consider this, or a portion of this, as an alternative site for your new store, rather than demolishing a well used gym and leisure centre. 

I and/or several active residents would be only to pleased to meet with your representatives should you feel it helpful to all concerned. I can be contacted on the details provided.

Yours sincerely

https://superstirchley.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/write-to-tesco-lidl/

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2017, 09:00:33 PM »
Even if LIDL were to consider changing location I am guessing the new surveys and planning required by them,  resubmitting planning applications etc would see the site still vacant for at least another 2 - 3 years.
That's not mentioning the monetary cost to them.
I just can't see it happening.

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2017, 06:39:48 PM »
Good work from Superstirchley.

Offline Kwacky

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2017, 08:39:43 PM »
They're reporting on Twitter that the Lidl planning application has been quashed.  I don't know much more than that.

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2017, 09:25:01 AM »
It was stated last night at the meeting with Planning officials at Stirchley Community Church that LIDL's appeal has been quashed. However it will be possible for LIDL to put forward a new application. The Planning Committee agreed that, in initially granting LIDL's appeal, they had given too little weight to the argument about lack of leisure facilities in the Stirchley area, so it may be difficult for LIDL to find a new approach to deal with this.

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2017, 04:31:04 PM »
I suspect that Lidl will be looking elsewhere if that's the reason why it's been kicked out. 

Part of the cynic in me wonders if the recent decision was made a bit easier knowing that Tesco have some available land for sale in the area?  If Lidl are keen to move into B30 and Tesco are looking for a buyer then it could be a case of solving two problems in one go. 

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Re: Fitness first/lidl application 2016/00664/pa
« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2017, 07:17:19 PM »
"Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants inquiry to prevent repeat of error in which wrong advice was given to planning committee leading to permission being granted for controversial Lidl store"
www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/inquiry-needed-prevent-repeat-councils-12778438