Save Mere Green

Save Mere Green

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Mrs . started this petition to Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council

To all local residents,

I have started this petition amidst my deep concerns over the future of Mere Green with the potential opening of an Aldi supermarket in place of the former Waitrose store and what this could potentially mean for the future of our town.

Mere Green is a small, quaint town that I am immensely proud of. It has many great amenities, including a range of small shops, bars and restaurants and also our fantastic library that hosts various events and classes. The existing supermarkets , including the massive Sainsbury's store, already serve our community well and now we are just months away from having another supermarket (Lidl) open in the centre of the town.  All this within a stone's throw of Mulberry Walk, which has created a wonderful place to go out for an evening locally.  Not only are we very lucky to have such great choice on our doorstep, but there is the undeniable fact that all of this helps to create an upmarket feel about the area that inspires many outside of it to want to come and live here. Together with the wonderful schools, I feel extremely privileged to call this my home.

I am concerned that the very dynamic of Mere Green is under threat and I am urging you to show support against the potential opening of an Aldi supermarket at the location of the former Waitrose site and help prevent the start of a new era of chain budget shops opening up in the area and taking away the very charm that has attracted so many people to come and live here. This is not just the opening of another supermarket, but the start of a downward culture of change within the greater Four Oaks locality.

Another, and by no means less significant concern is that of the considerable increase in traffic levels around the central Mere Green area that will almost certainly occur if the Aldi supermarket opens its doors. The Waitrose store had a much smaller foot fall than the Aldi store will likely have and anyone who has even driven past an Aldi will have seen first-hand the massive volume of people around their stores.  Due to the sheer popularity of this supermarket, more shoppers will travel in to the area and, therefore, it would be incredibly naïve to think that this will not result in a corresponding increase in traffic levels, particularly around the Belwell Lane area that is already plagued by heavy traffic at certain times of the day.

I have shopped at Aldi myself and think it is a great place to shop.  However, I was happy to drive over to Tamworth where both Aldi and Lidl are situated on a purpose built retail park, far from built-up residential areas.  It would only take a brief glance at the streets surrounding the former Waitrose site to know that the prospect of widening the roads to allow more traffic to flow through is all but impossible.

Traffic levels in the area will already increase once the Lidl store is up and running, so another supermarket is the last thing that Mere Green needs.

Recently, I have witnessed many people speaking out on social media with ideas of what would better serve our community than yet another chain store; these ideas include more facilities for young people, a leisure centre, bowling alleys and arcades, and even the addition of a small shopping centre on the former Waitrose site, packed full of independent local businesses serving the very community in which they live. There are so many things that we could want for our local town centre - a budget supermarket NOT being one of them.

It is upon gaining as many signatures as possible on this petition that I will plead to the Council that we, the local residents of the area, would like the former Waitrose site to be used for alternative purposes that would enrich our local town and keep us all proud to be living in this wonderful area.

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