Mere Green, Birmingham

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Mere Green is a small commercial centre in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield Birmingham, England.

Facilities[edit]

Mere Green includes a mixture of independent shops, bars and restaurants and some national chain stores located around the junction of Lichfield Road, Belwell Lane, Hill Village Road and Mere Green Road.

Supermarkets include Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose although the latter closed in 2020. Lidl have also purchased the former TRW automotive site opposite Sainsburys for £6.8 million and have recently submitted plans for a Lidl store to Birmingham City Council. There are several pubs in the area including the Mare Pool, Renato Lounge, Old School House and the Fox and Dogs. Mere Green is also home to Flints which is a bar that was very popular in the 1970s and 1980s It underwent changes in ownership and name in recent years before resorting back to its original name in 2018.

Mere Green Library and Community Centre offers classes in such subjects as yoga and art, free internet access and facilities for tennis and lawn green bowls as well as hosting reading groups for adults and children and occasional exhibitions.[1]

The area made the news in 1983 when Italian Renato Pagliari, then co-owner of the La Gondola restaurant in Mere Green, scored a No 1 hit single in the UK as one half of the singing duo 'Renée and Renato' with the song 'Save Your Love'.[2]

Redevelopment[edit]

Plans were outlined for a major redevelopment of the Mere Green shopping area, which would involve the demolition of many of the smaller shops.[3] The scheme, led by Spring Urban, was approved in August 2007.[4] The development was however delayed by the recession and again when Spring Urban's parent company, Castlemore Securities, went into administration in February 2009.[5]

Work finally began on the £15 million "Mulberry Walk" scheme in September 2015.[6]

The first new store on the development that opened was Boots, which opened on 17 August 2016. Warrens Bakery moved in in February 2017, making the development home to their first store outside the West Country.[7] This store closed in 2019.

Public Transport[edit]

Bus is the main public transport to and from Mere Green. Most services are operated by National Express West Midlands (NXWM) with service 78 operated by Diamond Bus and service 604 operated by Claribel Coaches. Until 2019, Midland Classic operated service X12 between Sutton Coldfield and Burton-upon-Trent which partly replaced the former Stevensons (later Arriva Midlands) service 112. Routes include:

Mere Green centre is approximately 2/3 of a mile from Four Oaks railway station on the Cross-City Line which provides a frequent rail service to Redditch via Birmingham New Street and to Lichfield.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Council, Birmingham City. "Libraries | Birmingham City Council". www.birmingham.gov.uk.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Popular singer on cabaret circuit. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com.
  3. ^ http://www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=185916&command=displayContent&sourceNode=201320&home=yes&more_nodeId1=185918&contentPK=16776673[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Latest news from the Sutton Coldfield Observer". www.birminghammail.co.uk.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Nick (February 29, 2012). "Mere Green £50 million redevelopment plan to be resurrected". birminghammail.
  6. ^ Cannon, Matt (September 30, 2015). "New images of Mere Green development released as work begins". birminghammail.
  7. ^ "Warrens Bakery Opens New Store in Mere Green". February 15, 2017.
  8. ^ http://nxbus.co.uk/routes/west-midlands/B006w/?timetable[day]=monday_-_friday&timetable[direction]=Sutton+Coldfield+-+Walsall+via+Little+Aston&tab=#service_timetable_tab
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2015-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://jp.networkwestmidlands.com/centro/XSLT_TTB_REQUEST?language=en&hideBannerInfo=1&command=direct&line=06604&net=cen&project=y11&sup=%20&lineVer=2&itdLPxx_direction=H&itdLPxx_line=06604&itdLPxx_net=cen&itdLPxx_project=y11&itdLPxx_sup=%20&itdLPxx_lineVer=2&outputFormat=0&itdLPxx_debug=[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Search National Express West Midlands". nxbus.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Search National Express West Midlands". nxbus.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Trains, tickets & service information | London Northwestern Railway". www.londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk.

Coordinates: 52°35′15″N 1°49′48″W / 52.587589°N 1.830125°W / 52.587589; -1.830125