Aldi delivery plan opposed

PLANS to extend a Sudbury supermarket’s delivery hours have been opposed by town councillors for a second time.

Aldi, in Girling Street, has lodged an appeal to extend its delivery hours until 10pm on weekdays, 8pm on Saturdays and begin taking deliveries between 10am and 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

Babergh District Council refused the application in May, after Sudbury Town Council had recommended refusal, with a compromise window of 9am to 1pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

Speaking at Sudbury Town Council’s development committee meeting on Monday, councillor Susan Ayres said: “It does cause a lot of noise with the lorries backing up and beeping their horns.”

Nigel Bennett said the council wanted to compromise on Sunday deliveries, rather than oppose them.

Laura Johnson, who lives in Queens Road, criticised the original application, claiming lorries made her windows rattle and woke up her children.

“They still have deliveries every Sunday, breaking the current agreement,” she claimed.

The committee reiterated its previous recommendation.

The appeal will go before Sudbury’s full council on September 11 before it goes to Babergh District Council.

An Aldi spokesman said the application was supported by an independent noise survey, with more deliveries needed due to all-week trading.

He added: “We’ve restricted delivery hours on the application in consideration of local residents.”