Formby’s Labour MP Bill Esterson is to speak on behalf of residents at a planning meeting to make sure their objections are heard by councillors.
The MP will speak at the meeting at Bootle Town Hall on behalf of residents in Formby who are concerned about the application for an office and convenience store at Liverpool Road on the site of the Lighthouse restaurant.
Residents have collected a petition objecting to plans for the new offices and convenience store because of fears about traffic and parking as well as the impact of other shops in Liverpool Road.
The MP has also been approached by residents in Altcar Road worried about the impact of the new development on their homes.
Bill Esterson said: “I agreed to represent residents at the planning meeting after they gave the petition to Catie Page from the Labour Action Team.
"It is important that councillors hear about residents' concerns.
"The new development will have a big impact on traffic on Liverpool Road and then there is the question of parking. The new offices will offer welcome jobs but I will be asking the planning committee to make sure that there is enough parking for the staff otherwise there could be a problem in Altcar Road, Liverpool Road and in other residential streets nearby.
“The neighbours are also worried about security. There is a high wall at present behind the Lighthouse and the plans could see that wall removed which would leave the neighbours vulnerable. These issues all need to be addressed by the committee and I will make sure that the councillors understand the concerns of residents and traders.
"The existing shopkeepers in Liverpool Road are understandably concerned about the impact of the convenience store as well. New developments need to be planned so that the existing community is protected and if this goes ahead, there need to be safeguards to protect the residents and traders.”
Bill Esterson MP is pictured with Catie Page from the Formby Labour Action Team, Lee Hamlett who runs Squirrells Newsagents in Liverpool Road Formby and Laura Prentice who lives in Altcar Road.