Supermarket delivery noise is worse than the M25 - claim

PUBLISHED: 10:52 23 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:18 24 May 2010

THE noise from a Worle supermarket's delivery yard has been described as 'much worse' than that from both the M25 and a major railway line. A total of six people have so far written to North Somerset Council to object to Sainsbury's plans to extend its de

THE noise from a Worle supermarket's delivery yard has been described as 'much worse' than that from both the M25 and a major railway line.A total of six people have so far written to North Somerset Council to object to Sainsbury's plans to extend its delivery hours.The store in Queens Way has submitted an application to allow deliveries on Sundays and bank holidays from 9am-5.30pm.In March North Somerset Council refused to let Sainsbury's start delivering early on a Sunday morning and for an extra hour each day in the week.Supermarket bosses also wanted to be able to deliver for an extra hour on weekday mornings between 5-6.30am but that was turned down as well.Sainsbury's is currently appealing against the decision but in the meantime has submitted the extra application. The firm cannot confirm which would be the preferred option.One letter submitted to North Somerset Council's planning department said: "Before re-submitting this application it would have made more sense to get some planning experts in to see what alterations are feasible to prevent the noise nuisance disturbing the nearby neighbours."I lived for 16 years very close to the main line railways from Kings Cross to Scotland and have also lived close to the M25 motorway and I can tell you this - Sainsbury's Worle depot is much worse."No letters of support had been registered on the local authority's website as the Weston & Somerset Mercury went to press.A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "The company is aware of the concerns expressed by some residents living close to the store at Worle and a meeting has been arranged with them for this week. "Sainsbury's is committed to working with the communities in which it operates to resolve concerns as quickly and amicably as possible. "In this case for example our revised plans include a specialist noise assessment which has identified a series of improvements and repairs which could be made to the existing acoustic fence to reduce noise impact.

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