Tesco noise is excessive - report

By Dan Santy 16/03 Updated: 22/03 08:36

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NOISE levels at Tesco's distribution site in Crick which have been making one family's life a misery have been found to be excessive by a new report.

Specialist consultants Bureau Veritas found noise from Tesco's site at DIRFT was as much as three times higher than that claimed when Tesco first applied for permission to set up the centre 300 metres away from the Allman family's home in Nortoft Lane, Kilsby.

But according to Andrew Allman - who built his family's converted barn home himself - nothing has been done by either Daventry District Council or site owners Prologis to clamp down on the noise even after the release of Bureau Veritas' findings.

In October, the Observer first reported the Allman family's despair at the Tesco site, one of Europe's largest grocery distribution centres.

Mr Allman, 47, who has run Cut Price Carpets on Railway Terrace for 26 years, said he was now left with no choice but to contact the Local Government Ombudsman in the hope it can force something to happen.

"It just keeps going on and on, and I can see no end in sight. Daventry District Council should have served them with a noise abatement notice by now but I think they're frightened," Mr Allman said.

"We get woken up at around 3.30am every morning, and after nine months it takes its toll on you. There have been times when I could have lost it.

"I have had no choice and nothing to lose in resuming my continued campaign against Tesco and I shall keep going until this issue is resolved fully."

At the time Daventry District Council said it would not issue a noise abatement notice because Prologis, owner of the Tesco site, was actively pursuing ways to solve the problem - a stance it maintains.

Prologis is looking at erecting a sound barrier around the site and has offered to fit soundproofing to Mr Allman's house, but he has refused this.

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