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Waitrose trolley anger: Residents slam council for approving plan
5:30pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
FURIOUS residents slammed council planners this week after they approved a 'noisy' plan for trolley bays at Waitrose.
Campaigners are plotting an appeal after their objections to changes to Liston Road car park were snubbed.
Wycombe District Council has told the supermarket giant it can go ahead despite householders fearing extra noise blight.
Waitrose will change four car parking spaces at the car park into trolley parking bays. Householders have been angered because the council originally gave the store permission on the basis of being a basket only shop.
Leading campaigners Beverley Passey and Mark Holmes, neighbours who live in Claremont Gardens, behind the car park, are plotting an appeal.
Mrs Passey said their quality of life has already become non-existent due to car park related noise pollution.
She said: "The decision doesn't surprise me whatsoever. They (the council) are not considering residents at all and they're failing every resident down there in their duty of care.
"They have to protect us but they're not doing that. They said categorically it wouldn't affect us when they allowed Waitrose to go ahead because it was a basket store only but it was all a ruse. "We're all frustrated and annoyed."
Mr Holmes, who was so sick of bottle bank noise that he spent £100,000 extending his house in 2009 to get his bedroom further from the sound, said: " I'm completely mystified as to why the council have gone against one of the biggest oppositions to an application.
"There wasn't even this much uproar when Sainsbury's was being built and yet they seem to have completely ignored the wishes and views of family's with young children who will now have their sleep and rest disturbed.
Mr Holmes said: "The council have a duty of care to the population and have neglected this."
Waitrose has insisted it aims to be a good neighbour. It said this week works will start in October and it will ensure it is done as quickly as possible.
Annoyed householder Stuart Kerr, whose young children sleep in the room closest to the car park, said: "I'm not surprised, the little people never get heard. Waitrose told me that made the request was based on the feedback they gathered. We've been going there daily since it open and we've never been asked."
The decision comes despite opposition from ward councillor Richard Scott, the council leader, over loss of car parking.
The council document detailing the decision acknowledges that a condition was put in place that no shopping trolleys should be used originally but also states that a later application gave permission for limited use.
Officers said the car park's appearance would be relatively unchanged and considered it would safeguard residential amenity enjoyed by residents.
WDC has not yet issued a response.
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