THE affect a new online shopping service at a Gorseinon supermarket will have on other businesses in the town have divided opinion among town councillors.
Some have raised concerns that the scheme at the town’s Asda store will have a knock-on effect for independent traders.
But others say they do not have an issue with it.
Councillors were asked to put forward their views on a proposal for signs for a click and collect canopy for the store, along with a customer collection building.
Councillor Andrew Stevens, during the meeting at The Institute in Lime Street, Gorseinon, said he had fears over the impact the service would have.
He said: “It’s just one more thing to cripple the high street. “
Meanwhile, councillor Elwyn Davies said he believed the store should not have been given the go-ahead in the first place.
Councillor Malcolm Curtice added: “They do what they want to do, these people.”
He said more than 30 restrictions had been placed on the store when it was first proposed.
If the new scheme is given the go-ahead there would be an entrance sign, along with four illuminated signs placed on the collection building.
There will also be two wall- mounted information signs about the service.
Town clerk John Millard said the canopy would take away “at least four spaces.”
Lorraine Davies, deputy mayor of Gorseinon, said she believed there was no issue over the plan.
“It’s taking a few parking spaces but I can’t see a problem personally,” she said.
“We do not have many of these retail shops in the high street now.”
Pam Morgan, Gorseinon mayor, said: “I do not see how we can object as people already order online.
“I do not think we have any genuine reason to object to the canopy.”
But she said she would be concerned if the new service impacted on the area of Heol y Mynydd.
“I would object if the traffic came back on the lights as it would impede me from coming out from my property,” she added.
Clerk John Millard said he would make clear to Swansea Council that members were not objecting to the scheme, but he would put forward their concerns in his letter to the authority.