Extra Lidl deliveries put on hold pending talks


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

PLANS to let a supermarket carry out deliveries on Bank Holidays and Sundays will be deferred after residents raised concerns.

Members of Wrexham Council’s planning committee discussed an application by the Lidl supermarket on Salop Road to extend the store’s delivery times to allow deliveries on Sundays and Bank Holidays, between 7pm and 9pm.

A nearby resident expressed his concerns that Lidl would not keep to the delivery hours stated.

Mr D.E. Jones, who lives near the supermarket, said he had been disrupted by deliveries in the past and had often needed to ask drivers to switch off engines and headlights.

He added: “I understand Lidl have to make deliveries for fresh food but Lidl must understand I need a good night’s sleep before work in the morning.

“I’m disappointed I’ve had to come here to object. It’s been going on for too long.”

David Williams, planning officer for Wrexham, accepted Mr Jones' complaints but reminded members the application had to be dealt with on its own merits, and any disruption caused by Lidl had to be considered separately.

He said: “We’ll treat that as a separate issue. If things don’t improve, we have the power to serve an enforcement notice.

“They haven’t necessarily helped themselves but we can’t make a rejection based on their previous behaviour. We have to look at the application based on its own merits.”

Cllr Michael Morris, chairing the committee, added: “This is the end of the line as far as giving them a chance to rectify their times is concerned.”

Cllr I David Bithell moved that the committee defer the application to give council enforcement officers the time to discuss the issue with management at Lidl.

That was seconded by Cllr Kevin Hughes, and carried by the committee.

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