Talks break down with supermarket

A MEETING between residents and supermarket bosses over a planning application was 'completely unsuccessful' according to one campaigner

A MEETING between residents and supermarket bosses over a planning application was 'completely unsuccessful' according to one campaigner.Sainsbury's plans to allow deliveries on Sundays and bank holidays have been met with objection from several people living near the Worle store. So bosses from the supermarket at the North Worle District Centre, off Queens Way, decided to meet with residents to find a solution to the saga.Store manager Richard Treharne, planning consultant David Lowin and James Harris, who deals with community relations for Sainsbury's, got together with councillors and people living in Marlborough Drive and Appletree Court. They suggested forming a group to meet regularly and discuss future issues and restricting deliveries on Sundays and bank holidays. But Norman Punter, who lives in Marlborough Drive and whose bungalow backs onto Sainsbury's delivery yard, says residents are not interested in any of the supermarket's proposals.He said: "It was a totally unsuccessful meeting. The residents are very disappointed. It was all about possibilities and maybes. Can we just have one day of peace on a Sunday?"Mr Punter has since written to North Somerset Council to tell the planning department residents will not compromise over Sunday deliveries.Richard Treharne, said: "Sainsbury's is committed to being a good neighbour and we are pleased to be able to convene this meeting to listen to residents."The meeting was constructive and some positive steps forward were identified."Our next step is to send our ideas to North Somerset Council."In March the authority 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. That application is currently the subject of an appeal.


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