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Challenge to supermarket deliveries change
Objections have been lodged to a bid by Sainsbury’s to extend delivery hours to one of its stores.
The supermarket giant has applied for permission to change the deadline for its store in Old Station Road, Loughton, from 9.30pm to 11pm.
Objections have been raised by two people living nearby, who claim the noise will disrupt their lives.
Gerard Payne, 46, of Station Road, said: ““I think it’s outrageous. At the moment they wake us up when they chuck the pallets on the floor.
“What’s it going to be like at 11pm? We won’t ever be able to go to sleep early.”
Neighbour Terry Lloraine, 62, said: “The ground shakes when the refrigerated lorries are waiting outside and there’s a constant bleeping while they are reversing.
Sainsbury’s claim that extended delivery times will allow them to stock shelves more efficiently by ordering later in the day when there is a better idea of what is needed.
An application for earlier delivery hours was refused in 2006 over predicted disruption to people living nearby.
The latest application has been recommended for approval by council officers, with conditions.
These include reversing alarms being switched off outside of opening hours.