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Residents' fury over supermarket lorry noise

PUBLISHED: 12:58 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010

ANGRY: Colin Meredith.

ANGRY: Colin Meredith.

ANGRY residents are appalled that a supermarket could be granted permission to continue receiving noisy deliveries in large lorries into the early morning. For the last six months the Pepperhill branch of Sainsbury s in Wingfield Bank, Northfleet, has be

ANGRY residents are appalled that a supermarket could be granted permission to continue receiving noisy deliveries in large lorries into the early morning.

For the last six months the Pepperhill branch of Sainsbury's in Wingfield Bank, Northfleet, has been receiving deliveries in large container lorries up until 1am. The late deliveries, previously permitted up until only 9pm, are being held as part of a trial agreed by Gravesham Borough Council.

But as the Reporter went to press yesterday a planning application to make the changes permanent went before the regulatory committee.

Colin Meredith, 74, a retired nurse, of Hall Road, said: "The delivery area is directly opposite where the houses are. The lorries go in and out of there all times of the day and night.

"You can't stop the lights shining into the windows when they come and you can't stop the bleeping noise they make when the lorries are reversing. You can't keep the noise down. It's impossible.

"It makes life very difficult for the residents. It is a big problem. There shouldn't be any need for this at all. It's just another infringement that we could do

without."

Sainsbury's have produced a management plan for the branch which includes provisions such as turning off refrigeration units, radios, engines and lights while the lorries are in the delivery yard.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said: "Sainsbury's is conscious of issues raised regarding deliveries to the Pepperhill store and would be happy to agree the details of the management plan in consultation with Gravesham Borough Council."

Ray Parker, Kent County Councillor for Northfleet and Gravesend West, said: "I have no faith in Sainsbury's adhering to that plan. The residents have had to put up with this for the last 10 years. Sainsbury's have constantly failed to consider neighbouring properties with regard to the closing of the car park gates, allowing youths to use the car park as a race track. There has also been a failure to ensure the store's floodlights are turned off when the store is closed.

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