Wirral residents are worried a petrol station given permission to serve alcohol until late in the evening could affect the price of their homes.

The MRH service station on Greasby Road now has a licence to serve booze between 6am and 11pm, with the application having been scaled back from the original request to sell it 24-hours-a-day.

Malthurst is the firm behind the application, which was granted at Wirral Council’s licensing act 2003 sub-committee on Thursday.

There were initially objections from local residents due to the number of buildings licensed to sell alcohol in the Greasby area, as well as potential nuisance caused by customers at a late hour if alcohol was made available.

But bosses from the firm decided ahead of the Wallasey Town Hall meeting that they would reduce the number of hours initially requested.

One concern remained however, and local ward Cllr Wendy Clements was on hand to represent a handful of residents at the meeting.

She said: “Speaking with people who have come today, they were concerned, but they welcome the change made to the submission – to take out [the condition of] late night refreshment.

“There remains a bit of concern about the impact on property and house value as there was an indication by the local estate agent it could have an effect. However I’m suspecting you can’t take that into consideration.”

She was informed house prices was not a licensing consideration.

Representing Malthurst at the meeting, solicitor Robert Botkai said: “All the objections we have heard we have dealt with by amending the application and listening to what residents have to say.

"We also had discussions with police and public health in advance of the application.”

The application states no single cans of beer or lager would be sold, staff would have regular training on alcohol law, and no beers or ciders with an alcohol content of over 5.5% would be sold.

The station currently trades from 7am until 10pm, but new permissions will mean it can actually serve alcohol for an hour before and after those times.

There were also no objections from the responsible authorities – fire, police, public health or trading standards.