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TWO petitions containing thousands of signatures against plans for a new Tesco near Fratton Park have been presented to Portsmouth City Council.

It comes after a planning application has been filed by Point Estates to build a new supermarket around Pompey’s home ground.

Portsmouth Fruit and Flower shop, in Eastney Road, Portsmouth, has now sent documents calling for local shops to be saved and a solution to how potential traffic problems will be created on the back of the development to the civic offices, the council’s headquarters.

Each one has been signed by nearly 2,000 campaigners and 1,047 letters in opposition have also been included in the pack that was sent in.

Andrew Manning, of Portsmouth Fruit and Flower shop, said: ‘It’s a concern that places like this are being put up all over the place.

‘Hopefully, the petitions and the letter should make a big difference. But we will have to wait and see.’

The plans are due to be discussed by the council at a meeting at a later date.