Yesterday (Tuesday 10 January), Cllrs Mary Locke and Karen McCarthy joined a large group of Stirchley residents outside Birmingham City Council to demand that the Lidl supermarket chain halts its plans to demolish Fitness First and PSL Bowling in order to build a new supermarket on the site.
As well as appealing to Lidl to halt their plans to demolish the gym and bowling alley, Cllr Mary Locke (@marylockelabour) also criticised the Planning Committee’s decision to grant planning permission to Lidl before Christmas, having previously been minded to refuse it. Mary said: “It’s disgraceful. We have an old Kwik Save site which would be ideal but instead we are losing our gym and bowling alley.
“It is ridiculous to be replacing a fitness and exercise centre with a food store.”
Community united against demolition
The protest was organised by local residents via social media and drew widespread support from different political parties. Local Labour MP Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) has also strongly criticised the decision to approve the demolition. Despite widespread opposition, the Planning Committee seem to have ignored the views of local people.
You can read more about the protest on the Birmingham Post website by clicking on the link below: