Julian Knight, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Solihull has asked the people of Shirley for help in the on-going battle to prevent the opening of a KFC drive thru next to Shirley Heath Primary school.
Plans for the proposed late night drive thru were rejected earlier this year by Solihull's Conservative led Council on the grounds that it would cause extensive congestion in the area.
However, the massive American fast food giant has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, a move Julian Knight recently condemned as “failing to listen to the democratic voice of the people of Shirley."
Since holding a protest at the site of the former Etrinsic building on the Stratford Road Shirley, Julian together with local Councillors Peter Doyle & Gary Allport have been inundated with messages of support from locals angry at the proposed KFC.
Now a public meeting is to be held on the 12th and 13th November by Planning Inspectors to listen to the concerns of local residents.
Julian Knight said "I will make my views known to the Inspectors, and I urge everyone who is concerned about the location of this KFC - within a 100 yards of a school - and in an area already a notorious bottleneck, to come along to the meeting, write to the Inspectors and contact me directly."
Shirley South Councillor Cllr Peter Doyle said: “I’m disappointed that KFC have taken this to appeal and I will be writing to the Inspector and plan to speak at the public hearing. Residents can be assured that we are united in our opposition to this proposal and we will fight it to the end.”