Campaigners argued that any jobs created will be offset by potential redundancies from local traders if business is taken away. They were also concerned about traffic issues, disquiet about the design of the proposed buildings, and their very close proximity to the existing library and children’s centre. Around 5,000 residents signed a petition against the supermarket plan.
In October 2012 campaigners lost their two-year fight against a Sainsbury’s in Greasby despite Wirral council officers rejecting the plans twice. The Government’s planning inspectorate ruled that planning permission should be approved.