CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a convenience store in Litherland are expected to be approved by council planners next week.
The proposed new store on Sefton Road has attracted criticism from shoppers and local businesses who are concerned the development will lead to the closure of nearby local shops.
The site at 117 Sefton Road is directly opposite a parade of shops which includes a fish and chips shop, a betting shop and pharmacy as well as an existing Spar convenience store which includes a post office and sandwich bar.
Mrs Gordon, who works for Spar and lives locally, has organised a petition opposing the plans which has been signed by 760 people.
She said: “I am very worried that this new store will cause the closure of the Spar which has served the local community for over 30 years.
“Our customers, who are mainly pensioners, have stayed loyal to us and we have tried hard to keep the post office open despite the fact that it does not make a profit.”
If approved the development, which includes plans for 17 car parking spaces, will force the demolition of existing buildings on the site which was formally a petrol station.
The site is currently occupied by a hand car wash business and tyre depot and Mrs Gordon believes the men working there will be the first of many who will lose their jobs.
She said: “There are staff here who have been at the store for 17 years and everyone is fearing for their jobs.
“How can you approve something that will shut people down?”
Mrs Gordon’s petition has been supported by Ford Councillor Ian Moncur.
Cllr Moncur said: “I am supporting petitioners against this proposal because I am very concerned about the impact on the quality of life for residents next to a site operating late into the evenings and at weekends.
“This proposal could threaten the viability of the existing shops which are so important for the local community.”
Council officials will make their decision at a meeting held on February 6.