Tesco’s 24/7 delivery plans sparks anger

sp90140 Tesco Alfreton Loading Complaint. L-R, Gleny Jepson, Jen Gdula, Ezra and Steve Marshall-Clarke,Margaret Boulter, Front Netty and Kitty Gdula-Marshall-Clarke.
sp90140 Tesco Alfreton Loading Complaint. L-R, Gleny Jepson, Jen Gdula, Ezra and Steve Marshall-Clarke,Margaret Boulter, Front Netty and Kitty Gdula-Marshall-Clarke.
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a BID to allow round-the-clock lorry deliveries at Tesco in Alfreton has sparked fury among nearby residents.

The supermarket giant has applied to Amber Valley Borough Council to remove curfews and allow the loading and unloading of delivery vehicles on Hall Street 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

But people living on Cressy Road claim the store is ignoring the concerns of local people who fear the move will lead to increased noise and traffic congestion.

Steve Marshall-Clarke, 60, of Cressy Road, organised objections to an earlier 24-hour application which was later withdrawn. He said: I’m not against Tesco being there but I am against them trying to cram a quart into a pint pot. They want to do just what they like – they don’t want to work with the community. Their refrigerated lorries in the car park are just as anti-social as boyracers revving their engines at 2am.”

Current restrictions prevent lorries making deliveries before 6am and after 11pm.

The supermarket currently receives 100 vehicle deliveries a week, each lasting around 50 minutes.

A noise assessment carried out by Tesco as part of its application concludes that “the commencement of 24-hour deliveries could proceed without harming the amenity of local residents.”

Alfreton Town Council called an emergency meeting last year after Tesco applied to lift delivery restrictions as part of an application to extend a mezzanine storage area.

Tesco later withdrew the application for 24-hour deliveries. But Amber Valley Borough Council approved the store’s application for an extra 595sq m of storage space.

Mr Marshall-Clarke said: “We will have to object all over again.

“We are concerned about the continual bombardmenet of local residents with requests.

“You could spend your life chasing these people.”

Tesco did not comment despite repeated requests from the News.

The application is due to be considered by the borough council later this year.

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