Waitrose proposal for Knowle “on hold”

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.

Large modular school buildings directed away from the High Street

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.

Government Care Act consultations in Solihull

Important impending changes which will become effective on 1st April this year will be discussed at public consultations in the borough being organised by SMBC.

The public consultation is about two areas of the Care Act where the Council has a choice about how it implements the new requirements. The first area is about introducing a new deferred payments scheme to help people pay for their care, and the second is about the way the Council charges for non-residential care and support services.

The dates and venues for the meetings are:

  • Thursday 22 January, 9.30am – 11.30am Sans Souci Centre, Tanworth Lane, Shirley B90 4DD
  • Monday 26 January, 10am – 12midday Civic Suite Chamber, Council House, Solihull, B91 3PX
  • Tuesday 27 January, 9.30am – 11.30am The Fordbridge Centre, Chelmsley Wood B37 5LU
  • Tuesday 3 February, 2.30pm – 4.30pm The Loft, Blue Bell Centre, Chelmsley Wood B37 5EX