Store plan starts to fuel protest

Another battle is being waged over a proposed supermarket in Sheffield.

A campaign has been launched in opposition to plans to replace the petrol station at the corner of Manchester Road and Selbourne Road in Crosspool with a convenience store.

Critics fear the development will hit trade in the Sandygate Road shopping centre. Protests are being led by local Liberal Democrats.

Details of a scheme to replace the petrol pumps and kiosks with a convenience store with 10 parking spaces have been submitted to the council by a company called Crosspool Assets.

Consultants say at present “there are no details of a prospective occupier, as discussions with several parties are continuing and are at a commercially sensitive stage. Given the style and format of the unit and the location of the site, however, it is anticipated that it will attract a general convenience store operator selling everyday items such as groceries, alcoholic and soft drinks, tobacco and newspapers.”

It is argued that the store would “complement” other shops in Crosspool.

But Lib Dem candidate Shaffaq Mohammed, who has started a petition, said it looks like “an application for a major supermarket chain by the back door”. He had “serious concerns” about traffic and parking, and said local independent traders will be worried. The petrol station was also a place to fill up on the A57 to Manchester.