The Knowle Society was instrumental in initiating the process to create a new Neighbourhood Forum in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath and is delighted to report that this independent body has now been officially approved and is therefore the first such forum in Solihull. See details in the attachment, which also invites you to an Open Event.
Press Release – Final 8 Oct 15
The Knowle Society is hosting a public meeting at Arden Academy (by kind permission of Mr Martin Murphy) on Monday 2nd November at 7:30pm in which this major proposed development within the Borough will be presented. Attendance is strictly limited to 100 people and therefore booking is essential. Book via this link to Google Forms or email firstname.lastname@example.org including your name and address.
A Waitrose spokesman has advised The Knowle Society “The well documented changes in trading patterns across the supermarket sector have impacted the viability of the planned Waitrose in Knowle and sadly it has been necessary to put our plans on hold for now whilst we continue to monitor market conditions.
Our aspiration to deliver a quality food store which will help the village continue to thrive remains the same, however we do not feel it would be fair to residents to start work without absolute confidence of when it will open.
We recognise the delay will cause some disappointment and frustration, which we share. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are grateful to local people for their understanding. The intention of Waitrose and the developer, Kimberley, is still to make a major investment and make a positive contribution to Knowle in the future.”
The spokesperson also kindly expressed appreciation of the time invested by The Knowle Society in the project.
The Society is pleased to announce that following discussions it has held with Martin Murphy of Arden Academy and SMBC, the heavy escorted trucks bringing the 63 modular units for the new school building will now travel in from Warwick Road (South) into Station Road, thus avoiding the High Street and Lodge Road.
The aim has been to minimise local disruption and has had full cooperation from everyone including Eliot the contractors who will implement the plan. The work was scheduled to commence at 8am on 30th March for four days with a break for Easter and then from 7th April for four more days.