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After two days of verbal perambulations in this place, we have finally come to the main event. I rise to register my constituents’ deep concerns about the proposals to close the Morrisons store in Shirley. The Shirley store has served our community for over 14 years. It employs almost 100 people and is relied upon by many in the surrounding area. I thank our local Shirley councillors, Mark Parker, Annette Mackenzie and Karen Grinsell, for organising an online petition urging Morrisons to keep open this store, which has been such a focal point for our community for so many years. It has collected 1,299 signatures, which clearly shows the extent of public concern about these proposals. It is not right that Shirley should face the closure of a business that plays such a vital role in the community, and it is a privilege to put the concerns of my constituents directly to the House today.
The petition states:
The petition of residents of Solihull,
Declares that local residents have great concern over the proposals to close Morrison’s Store, in Shirley.
And the petitioners remain, etc.