Protestors who have been fighting against a proposed petrol station and convenience store in Huyton have won their battle following the withdrawal of the developer’s application.

The initial proposal by the Co-Op was to build a six-pump petrol station on Pilch Lane, just off the busy main road.

However, this was met with a backlash from local residents and parents of the neighbouring school St Margaret Mary’s.

Those who have protested against the plans have been overjoyed about the rejection of the proposals saying it is ‘great news’.

Jean Benson, one of the protestors, said: “This is what we can achieve when we work together as a united community.”

Councillor Colin Dever, who was involved in the objections towards the proposals, said: “I am delighted that the developer has withdrawn their application.

“The community and myself provided a strong response that we did not want a petrol station in this location which was reflected in over 100 objections received by Knowsley council.”

Residents have shared their hopes for other alternative uses to the brownfield site, such as further medical facilities to serve the community.

Councillor Dever added: “I will continue to lobby and lead the campaign for improved community medical facilities on the site for our Swanside residents.”

Knowsley protesters outraged at petrol station plan near busy schools

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