PUBLISHED: 18:05 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010
RESIDENTS who live directly opposite a supermarket goods entrance say they can sleep again after late night deliveries to the site were suspended. For the last six months, residents living opposite the Pepperhill branch of Sainsbury s on Springhead Road
RESIDENTS who live directly opposite a supermarket goods entrance say they can sleep again after late night deliveries to the site were suspended.
For the last six months, residents living opposite the Pepperhill branch of Sainsbury's on Springhead Road, Northfleet, have been forced to endure the noise and disruption as delivery lorries came in and out of the site until as late as 1am.
The latest permitted delivery time was extended from 9pm to 1am under a trial agreed by the supermarket and Gravesham Borough Council earlier in the year, but residents complained after noise from the lorries disrupted their sleep.
The decision to permanently allow the late deliveries was deferred indefinitely when the issue came before Gravesham Regulatory Board last Wednesday.
Retired Colin Mattick, 55, of Springhead Road, Northfleet, lives directly opposite the entrance to the delivery yard.
He said: "Since the decision has been deferred, the one o'clock deliveries have stopped and it has been peaceful.
"We have been able to sleep. It's been back to normal and it's been lovely.
"I'd like them to just have a bit of respect for the residents and hopefully we won't have any deliveries after nine o'clock.
"Nobody wants it outside their house and they expect us to put up with it. Would Sainsbury's like to buy my house? I don't think so. We will just have to wait and see what happens."
In response to complaints from residents, Sainsbury's proposed a series of provisions such as turning off refrigeration units, radios, engines and lights while lorries are in the delivery yard, to help keep the noise down.
A spokesperson for the supermarket said: "Sainsbury's is content that the regulatory board decided to defer consideration of our planning application for evening deliveries to the Pepperhill store.
"This will allow us the opportunity to discuss and agree a management plan with officers at Gravesham Borough Council which we hope will be acceptable to our neighbours and the regulatory board members when the application is presented to them again in the near future."
The application will come before the regulatory board at a future meeting.