over extra noise from expanded Tesco store in Burnham-On-Sea
living next to Burnham-On-Sea's expanded Tesco supermarket say
it is making their lives 'hell' due to extra noise and light from
vehicles entering the store via a new entry road.
in Olivier Close, who live besides the route into the store, are
angry that their concerns are not being listened to by the store
or Sedgemoor District Council.
Steve Fraser, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Since the
new road layout was introduced, head lights from passing vehicles
have been shining into our windows at all hours of the day and
causing lots of extra noise."
are arriving in the early morning just a few metres from our houses
with engines left running as deliveries are unloaded."
even plans to introduce a new recycling bank at this end of the
store, just 100m from our homes, which will further add to the
noise day and night."
added that a new bund - or soil bank - that has been built next
to their properties has not reduced the noise. Furthermore, walkers
can see over residents' fences into their gardens, leading to
added: "A number of residents from Olivier Close have written
repeatedly to Sedgemoor's planning department to point out a number
of planning issues by the Tesco site developer. To date, the Council
has not responded to these concerns, all of which fall within
spoke to the lead planner several weeks ago who told me to e-mail
my issues for attention of the enforcement team. I did this and
followed up with four calls and two more e-mails to no avail.
This issue is now becoming very stressful - especially for the
resident David Price told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I feel we
are being abused as residents - our concerns are not being taken
seriously at all."
the construction work, for example, I had pictures falling off
my walls and books falling from mantlepieces due to the vibration
of the machinery but when I complained I was told not to worry
because it would 'just be temporary'."
recently, the problem of car lights shining in our windows has
got so bad that I have had to move out of my bedroom into a room
at the back of the house - it's that bad."
Tesco's Corporate Affairs Manager James Wiggam told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Our new store plans were approved by the council and built
in line with this approval."
"We are committed to being a good neighbour and are very
happy to discuss these complaints further with local residents."
firm is due to meet residents over the next few days to try and
address the concerns.
Resident Steve Fraser, above, and David Price who are unhappy
with Tesco's extended store in Burnham