A former Merseyside Police Superintendent from Maghull is calling on Co-op to tidy the back of its Deyes Lane store which he says looks like a warzone grotspot.
Maghull Labour Action Team member John Sayers served with Merseyside Police for 31 years, rising to the rank of Superintendent and serving as operational commander of the Liverpool North Division.
He said that not only is the back of the Deyes Lane store on Windermere Drive an eye-sore, security measures that include razor wire and a spiked gate make the area look like a warzone.
He has now spoken to the store manager raising concerns.
John said: "I live near to this shop, but I very rarely venture around the back. The Maghull in Bloom hanging baskets at the front of the parade of shops look really good.
"But as I was knocking on doors along Windermere Drive with the Labour Action Team recently, I was shocked by the dire condition of the back of the Co-op store.
"Windows are crudely blocked and then covered by prison-like bars. The back yard, which is clearly visible through the gate, is a total eyesore. There's barbed wire along the top of the roof. And the whole state of the building is an absolute disgrace.
"It really looks like a building which you would expect to find in a warzone, not a pleasant residential area like this.
"There are lots of really well looked after residential properties on Windermere Drive and Kendle Drive, but this carbuncle really pulls the area down.
"So I have made contact with the Co-op store manager to request urgent action to improve the aesthetics of the building to make it more in keeping with this community."
The former senior Merseyside Police officer also raised concerns about the security measures installed on the store.
John said: "The blocked windows, the bars, the rolls of barbed wire and the seven foot-high security gates may make the back of the store look like Fort Knox, but they are actually very old fashioned methods of protecting the store which can be replaced by more discrete products and which are more effective.
"I would suggest that the store has a whole site security re-think.
"And while they're at it, make the aesthetic improvements that are so desperately needed."