plans for overnight Highbridge
store deliveries are rejected
by Aldi to introduce unrestricted delivery hours at its new Highbridge
store have this week been opposed by town councillors amid concern
that deliveries will create late night noise for residents and guests
at the soon-to-open Travelodge hotel next door.
store, which opened
in August in Bennett Road, is currently only able to accept
deliveries between 6am until 11pm as part of a planning condition
put in place by the district council to "safeguard residents
from noise and disturbance".
Aldi wants the condition removed and a three-month trial of the
unrestricted hours has been underway since the end of August to
see if nearby residents are affected.
store has submitted a formal application to have the delivery time
restrictions fully removed, saying that no residents have objected
a meeting of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council's Planning
Applications Committee on Wednesday (October 10th), councillors
felt it was too soon to give approval to the application.
John Parkes added: "You would hope that Aldi would engage with
local residents before asking for unrestricted delivery hours. It's
a bit rich for them to say there have been no objections when they
are only about four weeks into the trial."
worries me that a new Travelodge hotel is coming next door and unrestricted
night time deliveries are being planned. There are lots of residents
in nearby Isleport Lane and surely they too will be affected by
Louise Parkin said: "The trial only started at the end of August
- its supposed to be three months. A three month trial should
be a three month trial and not just a few weeks."
Martin Cox agreed, adding: "I would like to see Aldi seeking
some feedback from residents and Travelodge about these plans."
Andy Bewer said: "It's a valid point, but playing 'devils advocate',
this store is at the entrance to an industrial estate where there
are many factories that have no restriction times on access by lorries."
Parkin responded: "Yes, but a Travelodge hotel and unrestricted
delivery hours are not compatible."
Peter Clayton agreed, saying that he would recommend a refusal of
Parkes noted: "We are always banging on about consistency,
so are Tesco or Asda allowed 24 hour delivery? No."
Chairman of the committee, Cllr Brewer, concluded: "We are
all against this on the basis that Aldi are only part way through
their trial period, the store is close to the soon-to-open Travelodge
hotel and there would a negative impact on tourism and occupants."
added: "When the original Aldi application was considered it
was noted that it could create more lorries along Church Street
in the middle of the night going along the A38 to Aldi in Bridgwater
- those were concerns then and would be now."
agreed to unanimously object against the plans, subject to a final
decision by Sedgemoor District Council.