Friday, 19 July 2013

Local residents Harvest a Lemon in Selly Oak

Thursday 18th July was “Harvest a Lemon Day” in Selly Oak. Local
residents unhappy with Sainsbury's latest proposals for the derelict
Battery Site bought lemons from Sainsbury's Selly Oak store. 
Copyright CP4SO 2013
Local residents, represented by the Community Partnership for Selly Oak ( object to the latest plans proposed by Sainsbury's for the Battery Site in Selly Oak as they are significantly worse than those that the supermarket giant have been proposing for the last 10 years. The new plans will place the Sainsbury's service yard on the Bristol Rd opposite Selly Oak Railway Station, will feature extremely poor disabled access from the Bristol Rd and very poor cycling access across the site. Local residents also object to the proposed 16 story canal side student block. Finally, there is anger that the retailer has reneged on long standing promises to pay for part of the Selly Oak New Road and reinstate the first section of the Lapal Canal - despite the fact that the Selly Oak shop boasts one of the highest turnovers of any store in the country. These omissions were recently described by one Councillor as a ‘swindle’ in a meeting of the City Planning Committee.