LIDL bosses have been asked to reconsider the desired location for their planned new store in Alexandria.

At a council meeting last week representatives for the supermarket advised members that designers were eager to move forward and were committed to the development.

A planning application is yet to be submitted, but proposals are expected to include 134 car parking spaces which can be used for up to 90 minutes.

Demolition of the existing  deteriorating buildings will also take place.

Lidl representatives have said that the store needs to be built in that section of Mitchell Way because of the site’s height difference.

SNP councillor Caroline McAllister presented a motion to a meeting of the council’s infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee asking Lidl to “reconsider the siting of their store to face onto Mitchell Way” to create a clear boundary line between the existing shops and proposed residential developments.

Cllr McAllister said: “This is a request, not an order, for Lidl to reconsider the site of their store.

"I often see people arrive at Aldi, get out their cars, do their shopping and take off again.

“I feel that if the Lidl store was part of Mitchell Way the risk of that occurring is less.

“I also think it makes a clear distinction of the retail section of the development and the residential section which I think is important.

“It is important for existing residents and future tenants who will occupy those properties.”

Lidl representative Ross Jackson said: “The location of the store needs to be in that section because of the height difference of the site.

"This will make it easier to access.

“We have now managed to find a development partner to build the residential aspect which means we are looking to bring a planning application into the council.

“We will try and address any concerns raised as best we can.”