Residents’ concerns over Co-op food store plans in Bury St Edmunds

The site of the planned Co-op foodstore in Out Risbygate, Bury
The site of the planned Co-op foodstore in Out Risbygate, Bury
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Concerns have been raised over pedestrian safety due to reversing lorries and the potential disturance to residents if plans for a Co-op food store are given the go-ahead.

Objections have been sent to St Edmundsbury Borough Council over proposals by the East of England Co-operative Society to open a store, in Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds.

The shop would operate from 7am to 10pm throughout the week with deliveries between 8am and 7pm except those for newspapers, which would be between 6am to 7am.

Resident John Williams, of Albert Street, said he was not against the shop but wanted a reduction in its opening hours.

For deliveries, lorries would reverse into a car park at the back of the shop, which Mr Williams said will ‘cause a significant danger to pedestrians’. He added: “It will also cause disruption to local traffic and Albert Street and increase traffic congestion at the Out Risbygate, Grove Road, Albert Street junction.”

Another resident Mary Hart, of Out Risbygate, said the application would result in ‘noise pollution’ from loading and unloading vehicles.

A delivery management plan from the Co-op said reversing sounders will be used by lorries to ‘act as a warning for pedestrians within the car park’ and ‘the potential for creating a noise disturbance will be minimised’ due to the restricted delivery times.

Nick Denny, executive officer – property at East of England Co-operative, said “Working in the retail sector deliveries are inevitable, however we have and continue to work closely with the local authorities to reduce any inconvenience that may be caused.”