The Chair said a Co-op had been developed in Newton in West Kirby. At the time they thought the Post Office less than 150 yards away would close down but it was still operating and viable. He said it was a tenuous argument. Cheryl Barry said they would have to clarify evidence at appeal. She said the evidence was so clear and they would have to come to a conclusion regarding whether the application met the test. She was not satisfied with the evidence that had been submitted.
The Chair apologised at the amount of time taken over this application. Cllr Mitchell said in reference to the last comments, in Eastham there had been a Tesco next to a Spar and a Post Office put there two years ago. However Eastham was still vibrant, he had to make sure the information was correct. As members of the planning committee they had to make the decisions the right way. It was hard but in his ward they had allowed things to fall to pieces, it was a hard decision.
The Chair asked Cllr Kelly for his recommendation for refusal. Cllr Kelly said the first reason but was looking for officer’s assistance for further reasons. Not all reasons were required at once. The Chair replied that he’d like all reasons together, so that the committee could decide on any reasons for refusal and vote. Cllr Kelly said he would stick with two and only one needed to be upheld at appeal in order to be succesful for the inspector to rule in Wirral Council’s favour.