‘Home win for Sainsbury’s’ as longer lorry hours are agreed

December 01 2014

THE approved extension of delivery hours at the proposed Sainsbury's in Horfield has given campaign group TRASH "little faith" in Bristol City Council's planning system.

THE approved extension of delivery hours at the proposed Sainsbury's in Horfield has given campaign group TRASH "little faith" in Bristol City Council's planning system.

Bristol Rovers submitted the application, which was agreed by the council last month, in a bid to extend the supermarket's delivery hours from 5am to midnight.

It is reported that Sainsbury's told the football club that building a store on the Memorial Ground is only justifiable if delivery hours are extended.

Speculations over whether the supermarket is committed to the development have been running high in recent months, since they announced the withdrawal of large-scale projects across the country.

In the build-up to the council's planning committee meeting, which saw councillors vote in support of increasing delivery hours, TRASH issued a 21-page information pack, highlighting "critical flaws" with Rovers' application.

They said that the increase in delivery hours, and the proposed mitigation measures, such as sound-proof fences erected around homes, would have a "detrimental" impact on residents' well-being.

A spokesperson from the group said: "When legislation is in place for people to have more direct influence on what happens in their area, yet the council pushes through such a contentious application in total disregard of what local people, questions really have to be asked."

TRASH also says that there has been a "significant change" to a roundabout in Filton Avenue, which was previously refused for safety purposes.

The spokesperson added: "Rovers has a home win and HGVs may now travel on Bristol’s quiet residential streets, five o’clock until midnight, every day of the year.

"We recognise that serious work is needed in Bristol to tackle such lack of democracy and injustice and welcome the support of all who feel the same."

Bishopston councillor, Daniella Radice, said: "I was disappointed at the decision of the planning committee to agree longer delivery hours, which could mean only five hours of undisturbed sleep for local residents if Sainsbury’s goes ahead.

"This is more than all other supermarkets in the city and sets a really bad precedent for residents. What no one adequately explained to me, was why if there is no significant disturbance, as claimed by the applicants, are delivery hours not permitted all night?"

The Bishopston Voice has contacted Sainsbury's, but they are "unable to comment" due to a legal agreement between themselves and Bristol Rovers.