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Stand and..er don’t deliver

PUBLISHED: 16:38 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 23 August 2010

RESIDENTS living directly opposite a supermarket goods entrance are furious the council has deferred a decision on allowing late night deliveries at the site for a second time. In a meeting of Gravesham Council s Planning Committee last Wednesday, member

RESIDENTS living directly opposite a supermarket goods entrance are furious the council has deferred a decision on allowing late night deliveries at the site for a second time.

In a meeting of Gravesham Council's Planning Committee last Wednesday, members voted to allow more time to agree on a management plan for the Pepperhill branch of Sainsbury's.

Residents have complained that late night deliveries up to 1am at the site in Springhead Road, Northfleet have disturbed their sleep.

Retired Colin Mattick, 55, of Springhead Road, Northfleet, who lives directly opposite the site, says the late deliveries are not necessary.

He said: "We just don't want them making deliveries outside our houses in the middle of the night.

"I always say to people: 'would you want deliveries outside your house at 1 o'clock in the morning?'"

He added: "They are saying they want these extra deliveries for fresh produce but I have been there first thing in the morning when they have opened and their shelves are full.

"If they can do this now then why do they need deliveries at 1am?"

The council agreed to a six-month trial extending the permitted delivery time from 9pm to 1am at the site on Mondays to Saturdays in January but came under fire from homeowners living opposite the site who said that the noise was disturbing their sleep.

After the trial ended in July, Sainsbury's lodged a planning application to make the change permanent, but the decision was deferred at a meeting of the regulatory board in September.

A management plan, including some of the measures recommended by the Noise Abatement Society, was drawn up last month but residents say the measures do not go far enough.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said: "Sainsbury's recognises that a number of issues relating to its current planning application were raised at the 12 November Regulatory Board meeting. In light of this the company is currently considering how best to proceed."

The application will come before the regulatory board at its next meeting on December 10.

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