A move by superstore Aldi to relax planning conditions so it can have deliveries at anytime of the day or night has angered residents living nearby.
The no frills supermarket chain was granted planning permission to open a store on the former Cosmetica site in Faraday Close late last year with the condition that deliveries could only be carried out between 7am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.
Residents were delighted the old Cosmetica building would be demolished as it was labelled an eyesore, had been empty for five years and there were also anti-social behaviour issues with youths hanging around the site.
But last month Aldi applied to Eastbourne’s planning department to remove the planning condition so deliveries can be made outside those stated times.
Residents now have until Sunday September 13 to raise their concerns but already people have voiced their anger at what say is Aldi “moving the goalposts”.
Lynne Rogers, who lives in nearby Brampton Road, said, “I would like to remind Aldi and the council that behind the store is a residential road and so would like restricted delivery times and opening hours to reflect that we live here.”
Frank Woods, who also lives in Brampton Road, said, “We are now extremely worried and concerned – not to mention bitterly disappointed – that at this late stage Aldi is now trying to sneak in a last-minute removal of these conditions.
“This latest application appears to show complete contempt for the residents whose properties – particularly ours – the delivery lorries will immediately pass by. We think this action is very underhand.”
Roland Stanley at Aldi said, “The application has been submitted as Aldi would like flexibility to ensure the Hampden Park store is fully stocked in advance of a day’s trade and also that deliveries can be made without conflict with customers and the public.
“The application is accompanied by an Environmental Noise Report, prepared in accordance with relevant British Standards and demonstrates the proposals will not negatively impact on amenity.
“Aldi stores only require a small number of deliveries each day and specialist unloading operations mean there is no external transfer of goods. Vehicle reversing alarms can be turned off outside of store opening times.”
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