lodges formal objection over Highbridge Asda's 5am deliveries
councillors have backed residents in Highbridge by formally objecting
against supermarket giant Asda's plans to introduce early morning
deliveries at 5am on weekdays.
store in Caxton Road is seeking a variation to its planning conditions
to allow lorries to make deliveries on Mondays through to Saturdays
from 5am, instead of the current 7am.
residents have raised a number of concerns, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported here,
and now Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has backed them.
the latest meeting of the council's Planning Applications Committee,
Cllr Pat Burge said: "This would be very unfair to residents
living right next to the store. Asda must take into consideration
Andy Bewer added: "I am personally against the extension
of hours - the store's initial conditions include these opening
hours, which are there to protect local residents."
Peter Burridge-Clayton agreed, saying: "The conditions are
there for a reason - I also oppose the 5am request."
Clerk Lorna Williams said the Town Council would lodge a formal
objection on the grounds of "protecting the community."
Kate Gapper from RPS Planning, on behalf of Asda, explained: "The
existing delivery restriction leads to a lack of customer choice
and waste. Allowing Asda to accept deliveries from 5am on Monday
to Saturday will bring about more customer benefits as food can
be on the shelves before the store starts getting busy at 8am."
deliveries when the store is at its busiest leads to conflict
between staff stocking shelves and customers. In addition, it
does not provide early customers with the wider choice. Deliveries
as proposed will also result in benefits to the customer in terms
of a wider choice of produce and longer shelf life and life of
the goods once purchased by the customer."
earlier delivery times will allow for the first round of home
shopping customers to receive the full range of fresh products
thus benefiting the customer. The number of deliveries will not
increase as a result of allowing this application."
proposal will further considered by district councillors over
the next few weeks.