Councillors slam Tesco plan to extend Bishop Centre delivery hours

James Hockaday

A stand against extended delivery times at the Tesco in the Bishop Centre was made by Burnham Parish Councillors at a meeting last night (Monday).

On August 16, a planning application was submitted by Tesco Stores Limited to South Bucks District Council to extend delivery times to 5am to midnight on Monday to Saturday and 8am to 6pm on Sundays.

Current delivery hours are 6am to 10pm on Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday.

At the meeting, Councillor Jean Horwood said Burnham residents would be ‘up in arms’ about the application, adding many opposed the Tesco being built on the Bath Road site to begin with.

She added: “There was uproar from the residents about Tesco and there are still lots of people who are unhappy about the noise.”

The Tesco was built as part of multi-million pound development plans approved by South Bucks District Council (SBDC) in 2012.

Many opposed the plans, fearing it would damage Burnham businesses and increase noise pollution and traffic on the A4 Bath Road.

At the meeting Councillor Marie Hammon said: “People should be entitled to some peace when they come back from work.

Councillor Ekta Ross criticised a report on noise levels produced by Tesco as part of its application.

She added that she saw first hand figures from studies being hand picked to suit agendas when she worked for British Airways.

She added: “I know how any report and survey can be massaged to suit the person’s application.

“The reality is terrible. It’s not just the noise, it’s also the to-ing and fro-ing.”

Councillors voted to object to the application which SBDC will have to make a decision on by Wednesday.

Councillors also said they were in favour of the BT Adopt A Kiosk Scheme, which would allow the council to buy the BT telephone box in Littleworth Road for an alternative use.

Councillors also approved plans for the disused doctor’s surgery in Minton Rise to be turned into a one-bedroom flat and the conversion of offices at 111 High Street into flats.

The meeting took place at Burnham Park Hall in Windsor Lane.

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