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Protesters lose lorry fight
5:25pm Friday 12th October 2012 in News
CAMPAIGNERS have lost their battle to prevent lorries being allowed to deliver goods to a Hampshire supermarket as early as 6am.
Council chiefs have approved a proposal to relax the rules regarding deliveries to the Waitrose store in Stanford Road, Lymington, where vehicles currently start arriving at 7am.
People living near the supermarket had objected to the application, saying the noise they currently endured would start an hour earlier.
Waitrose said earlier deliveries would enable them to stock the shelves before the first customers arrived.
Mark Shearman, representing Waitrose, said the company wanted to be good neighbours and was planning to spend £45,000 on acoustic cladding to minimise noise.
Waitrose will be allowed to receive deliveries from 6am on weekdays and 8am on Sundays – but only for a one-year trial.
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