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Householders fight supermarket's 24-hour opening plan
WIRRAL residents are fighting plans for a supermarket to be open round-the-clock.
Asda in Liscard has applied to Wirral Council to have their trading hours adjusted to 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday.
However, residents and local councillors have joined forces to object to the changes and are hoping their voices will be heard.
They are concerned about noise levels from the superstore and have set up a petition against the scheme.
Neighbouring resident Sandra Scott, whose house backs onto Asda’s car park, said her family’s quality of life would be significantly reduced if the retail giant is given the green light.
The 44-year-old said: “We really feel that it would have an extremely negative effect on our quality of life. The main issues are car alarms going off in the middle of the night and the level of noise coming from the supermarket would be a permanent issue.
“When we moved here 18 years ago, there was no trading on a Sunday and Asda shut at 5.30pm in the week – it is a completely different story now and we already have to put up with a lot.
“It just seems to us that that this is an aggressive attempt to increase profit to keep shareholders happy. Local families are not being considered.”
If approved, the plans would mean that Asda’s Sunday opening hours would still be 10am – 4pm.
However, ward councillor Leah Fraser believes extended trading times during weekdays are not appropriate for a residential area.
Councillor Fraser said: “If you look at other supermarkets that have 24 hour opening times, such as Tesco in Bidston, there are no houses in the immediate vicinity.
“But this Asda is surrounded by houses and it is simply not fair to expect people to put up with it. They already have to deal with the noise from cars coming in and out and the bottle bank so to add to that would not be right.”
Wirral’s planning committee are expected to make a ruling in the Autumn.