Tuesday 23 April 2013

Lapal Rally at Selly Oak - May 11th 2013

Lapal Rally at Selly Oak - May 11th 2013

Sainsbury’s, as the owners of the Battery Park land in Selly Oak, have submitted a Plan to Birmingham City Council, which does not provide for a viable reconstruction of the Dudley No2 canal. The Lapal Canal Trust, with the full support of the Community Partnership for Selly Oak (CP4SO), seeks your support as it objects to this omission. Boaters are invited to gather along the W&B in Selly Oak in support of the campaign to reinstate the Lapal Canal on the weekend of 11/12 May. You will find the residents of Selly Oak hugely supportive of the canal being re-instated in water across Selly Oak as part of the Sainsbury’s development.

Boats will gather on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal near the Dingle. There will be walking tours of the Lapal Canal route through Selly Oak Park and presentations at the Scout Hut.  Copies of key documents and diagrams related to the plans will be available to view. Help us to construct an objection to the plans and tell us what you like about the plans so we can support those aspects. Boaters and pedestrians are reminded that they should not walk across or enter the Battery Site.

We do not object to the site being used for a mixed development with a supermarket, retail park and Life Science Campus. However there are many poor features in the proposed plans. For example the new Sainsbury's store for Selly Oak will have its service yard on the Bristol Rd, opposite the rail station where the Birmingham Battery and Metal Works offices used to be.

Contact details:


Peter Best 07831 202 535

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