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The new Lidl store at the Trent Valley end of Eastern Avenue is quickly taking shape.

Forgetting the fact that the workmen seem to manipulate the temporary daytime traffic signals for their own needs, the one thing that has shocked me is the size of the development.

Not only does the store look tiny even when empty, there doesn’t look anywhere near enough room for parking. With Tesco closed and the other stores’ car parks bursting at the seams, there’s likely to be great demand for Lidl (even if Lichfield’s snobs deny it), especially in such tight financial times.

And even if you do get a parking spot on site, your chances of actually leaving will be minimal unless there are plans afoot for some sort of traffic management outside the site.

I’m all for new jobs and developments, but the last thing Lichfield needs right now is another main route clogged up with traffic unable to move one way or the other.


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.