A PROPOSAL to allow deliveries to take place from 6.30am on Christmas Eve to a Scarborough supermarket has been knocked back after councillors heard concerns from residents.
The plan to allow delivery trucks to arrive an hour earlier, at the Scalby Road branch of Proudfoot, to accommodate early shoppers had been recommended for approval by planning officials but it had attracted five objections – from the parish council and four residents.
Planning officials told Thursday’s meeting of Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee that the objectors felt the proposal was a “detriment to residents’ amenity” and delivery times were an issue with neighbours.
The officer added: “There are existing problems with delivery times – particularly delivery vehicles arriving early and parking on the street.”
A residents’ spokeswoman said that neighbours were concerned about the level of noise so early in the morning. She said: “It’s just the one day but I feel he is just dipping his toe in the water.Sleep is very important to me.”
She said that she was concerned about the noise and early activity devaluing property prices. “It’s the thin end of the wedge and he will want it for all year. Please let me have my eight hours sleep,” she said.
The spokeswoman said that she believed cracked windows in neighbouring properties was due to the “rumbling” caused by delivery vehicles.
The restriction was imposed in 1993, when planning permission was granted, and restricted deliveries to the supermarket between 7.30am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and between 8am to 5pm on Bank Holidays – with no deliveries at all on Sundays or Christmas Day.
In 1993 the existing store was extended with extra parking and improved entrance and exits.
The following year an application to vary condition 10 of the 1993 approval, which restricted delivery times, was refused.
Cllr Ros Fox said: “I think it should stay as it is. Why should Christmas Eve be any different?”
And Cllr Dilys Cluer added: “Christmas is one of the few days of the year when people get a chance to sleep.”
Cllr Mick Jay-Hanmer said that if permission was granted then he believed that the committee would receive future applications to life restrictions on other days of the year.
Cllr Colin Haddington said that he was concerned that if the extra hour was allowed the supermarket would “make the most of it” with a lot of deliveries and the possibility of some early arrivals.
Members of the committee voted against the application because they feared it would be to the “detriment of local residents”.