Assembly overturns Council’s Lidl decision

October 22, 2010 1 Comment »

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Local residents have been left fuming after an Assembly Inspector overturned a decision to stop deliveries and longer hours at a store in Cathays.

Supermarket chain Lidl had applied to open on Sundays and take deliveries from articulated lorries at its Maindy Road site.

Cardiff Council’s planning committee rejected the application in June but it was sent to the Assembly for review, and they decided on a 12-month trial period of Sunday deliveries.

John Roberts, who has lived on the road for 38 years, organised the campaign against the application.

Mr Roberts, the local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator, said: “The Assembly haven’t heard the end of this and we will be mounting stronger opposition. We will be writing to MPs, councillors and be coming back with a bigger petition once the 12 months is up.

“The noise is intrusive. The problem is when they do the deliveries they open the doors of the trucks and you get the refrigeration hum coming out and you can’t escape it no matter where you are in the house.”

Darren Evans, who works from home, said the noise was affecting his work pattern and was one of the residents who signed the 60-name petition.

He said: “We don’t have a problem with them opening on a Sunday but we’re getting deliveries a couple of times a day.

“It’s an incidous vibration and a hum that just stops you doing any work.”

Cathays councillor Simon Pickard said: “Once again the Welsh Assembly has backed a national supermarket chain ahead of the views of local residents.  Our planning system is clearly failing when a single unelected official in Cardiff Bay can overturn the decision of the Council’s elected planning committee and a petition of over 50 local people.”

A spokeswoman for Lidl said: “We are a 7-days a week business and our customers expect us to provide fresh food. We need these deliveries to do that.

“There will be no more than one delivery a day to the store. This is a trial period and we will work with the Council at the end of the 12 months to review what has happened.”

Coun Pickard urged any residents affected by the deliveries to register their complaints with the Council’s Noise Pollution team on 029 2087 1650.

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