Tesco pull-out: now we must put people of Stirchley first!

Tesco Criticism flickr photo by steve_l shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Cllr Mary Locke is angry at today’s announcement by Tesco that they are pulling the plug on plans to build a supermarket in Stirchley after 18 wasted years.  Mary has already been in touch with bosses at Tesco and is determined to turn the anger over the pull-out into positive action to secure a brighter future for the people of Stirchley.

Putting local people first

While Cllr Locke shares the local community’s anger at Tesco’s decision to pull out of Stirchley, she is directing her energy into action which will benefit the people of Stirchley. Mary is talking to Tesco to make sure they honour their word about selling the land as quickly as possible, so that it can be put to productive use.

Tesco’s decision not to build a supermarket could also affect other developments planned in Stirchley, included controversial plans to demolish Fitness First and PSL Bowling to build a Lidl supermarket. The Tesco pull-out creates an opportunity to think again about how we support development in Stirchley in ways that create jobs and opportunities for local people whilst protecting the area’s distinctive character.  Mary will fight to ensure that local people have a real say in deciding Stirchley’s future.

Cllr Locke, Labour councillor for Bournville ward said:

“I am angry and disappointed to have found by email today that Tesco are pulling out of Stirchley after 18 wasted years. I am directing my anger into making sure Tesco are held to accountable for this decision. I am determined we make the most of the opportunity created by Tesco’s departure to develop Stirchley in ways that create jobs and opportunities for local people whilst protecting what makes Stirchley special.”

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2 thoughts on “Tesco pull-out: now we must put people of Stirchley first!

  1. What a shame that the Co-op’s scheme was turned down in favour of Tesco. There would have a small shopping complex and improved road that would have been in use by now.

  2. It’s a good thing that this soulless development isn’t taking place. The Pershore Road around Stirchley is bad enough already without the additional traffic. It would have been better if Tescos had decided this before the years of neglect and dereliction they have inflicted on the village, but now we have got an opportunity to develop Stirchley in the right way.

    The Planning Department urgently needs to draw up a development plan for the site to include a mixture of houses and some kind of public space, to give a focal point to Stirchley. Then hopefully, we will be able to bring the disused shops in this part of the high street back into use for the first time in a generation.

    Stirchley has a vibrant community but it needs a high street to match. What it doesn’t need is more large supermarkets.

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