TESCO’s multi-million pound plan to expand a city store has received a critical response from locals.
The supermarket giant unveiled its proposals for Old Swan, which would create 170 full and part-time jobs, to customers last week.
But the scheme, which comes less than six years after the store opened, has already caused controversy.
Some residents fear it could kill off smaller businesses in Prescot Road and bring extra traffic into what is already a congested area.
Tesco’s plans include:
Expanding the supermarket by a third, including a new first floor
Creating a shopping parade around the corner of St Oswald Street and Prescot Road
Building a top deck onto the car park, increasing the number of spaces from 450 to 580
The firm has held talks with residents of neighbouring Booth Street about buying their terraced homes – although it claims these were instigated by the residents themselves.
Concerned residents include Steve Gilligan, 51, who fears his home of 25 years in neighbouring Batley Street may be in jeopardy.
The train conductor said: “I share all the views about congestion but my main concern is my house.
“Residents successfully fought to stop Tesco knocking down a wall at the end of the street to give them better access for their loading bays.
“They have already made their move on Booth Street and I fear Batley Street might be next.”
Old Swan councillor Berni Turner said: “We have a thriving shopping centre, so we do not need this. It could destroy independent businesses and the character of the area.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “We want to tell people about our plans so we can hear what they have to say and incorporate those views before we submit a planning application.”