Wickes to end residential parking privileges

Photo of a letter reading; Dear Resident,From -Wickes Home Improvements.
We have allowed residents to park in the carpark over the years. As from next week
(25/4/2022) we will unfortunately require the spaces to be vacant. We will have a carpark
management agency in place called G24. This will be in place to allow customers to park (90
minutes maximum in store hours) as we see an uplift in sales due to the store being refitted
and a reduction in spaces due to the delivery entrance extending.
I hope you understand and support the request.
Kind Regards, Management @ Wickes Stirchley.

Residents who have enjoyed free parking on the Wickes car park have been informed that the offer will no longer be available.

In a letter left on cars today, motorists have been advised that from 25th April 2022 a new scheme will be in place where the Wickes car park will be managed by G24, as they expect an upturn in sales due to the store being refitted. Motorists will be permitted to park for up to 90 minutes in store hours, according to the letter.

The letter states; “Dear Resident,From -Wickes Home Improvements.
We have allowed residents to park in the carpark over the years. As from next week (25/4/2022) we will unfortunately require the spaces to be vacant. We will have a carpark management agency in place called G24. This will be in place to allow customers to park (90 minutes maximum in store hours) as we see an uplift in sales due to the store being refitted and a reduction in spaces due to the delivery entrance extending.
“I hope you understand and support the request.
“Kind Regards, Management @ Wickes Stirchley.”

Ash Tree Road homeowner Vicky has started this petition to ask Wickes to reconsider the move (click here).

Thank you to Mick at Stirchley.co.uk for use of the photo

Stirchley Forum April 2022 meeting agenda

The April meeting for Stirchley Forum takes place on Monday 11th April, at 7.30pm. This meeting will be a hybrid one, meaning people are welcome to attend in person or online.

The in-person meeting takes place at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley – just opposite Bournville Lane / Stirchley Baths. For those wishing to join remotely, the meeting will also be hosted on Zoom via this link.

The agenda for the meeting is;

  • Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of meeting 14th March 2022 (posted on website here)
  • Matters Arising
  • Police Update
  • Planning issues
  • Networking
  • Any other business

The next Stirchley Forum meeting will take place on Monday 9th May 2022. It is hoped this too will be a hybrid meeting, however this will depend on the Covid situation.

Great Birmingham Run 2022 – Stirchley road closures

The route for the Great Birmingham Run takes place on Sunday 1st May includes some road closures in Stirchley.

Roads in Stirchley include Pershore Road, Hazelwell Street, Mary Vale Road and Bournville Lane. Roads will be closed to vehicles for a significant portion of the day whilst the course is set up, runners travel through the course and broken down. Buses will also be rerouted and emergency services will be aware of the road closures.

The full route is below.

Trees along the River Rea, Stirchley

We have received a note from Councillor Mary Locke about upcoming works to some of trees along the River Rea route in Stirchley.

The next phase of River Rea improvement is due to start on Monday 14th March 2022. Work will take about two days.

Work will be coppicing and pollarding the mature crack willows, that are adjacent to the bridge from Hunts Road to Hazelwell Park. Willows are weak species and can fail as they reach maturity. They crack and fall into river as has happened near the footbridge and along cycle path and up to Dacer Close.  Through to Canon Hill Park. 

Coppicing will leave stump above ground level; the remaining stumps are left will regenerate shoots that provide a habitat for small animals and birds.

The aim of the scheme is to enhance the appearance safety of the River Rea corridor

The project will commence again in September/October 2022 after the bird nesting season

Photo by Elliott Brown, used under Creative Commons