Mere Green, Birmingham
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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.
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.
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'.
Plans were outlined for a major redevelopment of the Mere Green shopping area, which would involve the demolition of many of the smaller shops. The scheme, led by Spring Urban, was approved in August 2007. The development was however delayed by the recession and again when Spring Urban's parent company, Castlemore Securities, went into administration in February 2009.
Work finally began on the £15 million "Mulberry Walk" scheme in September 2015.
The first new store on the development that opened was Boots, which opened on 17 August 2016.
The worlds oldest Cornish pasty maker, Warrens Bakery moved in, in February 2017. Their first store outside the west country.
Bus is the main public transport to and from Mere Green. Most services are operated by National Express West Midlands (NXWM) with a few services operated by Central Buses, Arriva Midlands North and Midland Classic. Routes include:
- 6 Walsall - Sutton Coldfield
- X12 Burton on Trent - Sutton Coldfield
- 78 Queslett - Sutton Coldfield
- 604 Kingstanding - Mere Green
- X3 Birmingham - Hill Hook
- X5 Birmingham - Roughley
Mere Green centre is approximately one quarter 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.
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- Birmingham Mail, published 30 September 2015
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