DEVELOPERS St Modwen have been urged to be ‘more inventive’ with what is being added to Longbridge Town Centre.
The calls from Coun Andy Cartwright after it emerged plans for a cinema, gym and restaurants were scrapped in favour of another supermarket for the site.
Coun Cartwright told the Standard he was proud of living in Longbridge, was proud to work there in the past and was proud to represent local people and called on St Modwen to ask residents what they wanted.
“They need to do a consultation gauge residents’ opinion.
“I know they have said the supermarket will offer something different to what is there already but we already have Sainsbury’s and M&S and there is an Aldi being build down the road. We don’t want it to turn into another Merry Hill.
“We need local jobs for local people but we also need the right things in the right places as we have only one chance to get our community regeneration right.
“Another thing we need is leisure activities, residents I have spoken to would like a climbing adventure centre or an ice rink.
“And I feel we need more access to healthcare, such as another doctor’s surgery, medical centre or dentists.
“We need to ensure Longbridge is an area to grow up in, work, bring a family up and grow old.
“We needed investment but we need to ensure we aren’t creating a commuting community.”
St Modwen’s development director Chris Newsome said: “We are incredibly proud of Longbridge – it is a special place, and we strive to make it a centre for everyone with a great legacy.
“We are keen to work with all stakeholders to ensure that Longbridge does deliver to the community, and discussions are ongoing with all options being considered.”
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