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Plans for a new Lidl supermarket in Winyates met with mixed response

Harry Leach 23rd Nov, 2020

PLANS for a new Lidl supermarket on Battens Drive in Winyates have been met with a mixed response.

Locals have raised concerns over the proposed site which would be situated next to Arrow Valley Country Park.

On social media Kay Evason said: “There will definitely be traffic and parking issues – ridiculous place to put a supermarket next to a lake.”

Agreeing, Tony Hateley said: “The lake should have protected status and not a shop next to it.

“The site would be better used for something which would compliment the lake and add value to it.

“It’s not big enough for a shop of that sort. You only have to look at Aldi in Studley and see that the island there is a nightmare due to increased traffic.”

Councillor Mike Rouse, the Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, added his apprehension over the site’s shared access point.

A statement on Coun Rouse’s website reads: “Arrow Valley Country Park car parks could be impacted with overspill from the shoppers from the retail store at key times. “There are key annual events at the park which operate road closures at Battens Drive.

“Whilst there is a limited number of large scale events throughout the year, the road closure operation will result in prevention/restriction of access, not only to council car parks but also to the applicant’s car park.”

Meanwhile other residents have thrown their support behind the proposals, which will be heard by Reddich planners this Wednesday, November 25.

Jase Dudley said: “Hope this goes ahead because we need a decent and well stocked Lidl. Much needed jobs in the area too.”

Lynn Harvey said: “I for one am hoping it gets the go ahead. I love Lidl but have to go to Bromsgrove branch for a nice clean well stocked one.”

Mark Pearson added: “It would be good for the people who don’t drive in Church Hill as the nearest supermarket is Morrisons.”

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