Massive Morrisons "let down" with Monument Hill, Weybridge, application

Under construction: Morrisons moving in to Monument Hill

Under construction: Morrisons moving in to Monument Hill

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A supermarket giant has "let down" the people of Weybridge and councillors after trying to "slip through" a variation to their delivery hours, critics have said.

Morrisons, currently under construction at Monument Hill, could already accept deliveries between 7am to 11pm Mondays to Saturdays after its application was approved by Elmbridge Council in July last year.

But under the latest proposals, the supermarket wanted to up delivery hours to include 9am to 4pm Sundays and bank holidays, excluding Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, in a move branded "unsympathetic to neighbours".

At a meeting of the west area planning subcommittee on Monday, August 11, councillors agreed with the planning officer’s recommendation and unanimously refused the proposals.

Councillor Barry Cheyne, chairman of the committee, said: "I feel particularly let down by this application.

"To come back less than a year later and try to slip a variation through this council I think really I have lost an awful lot of confidence for what they are doing and I feel let down by what they are doing."

The application received more than 160 letters of objection, with residents stating the supermarket would have known the delivery hours proposed would be required as part of the original application.

Councillor Peter Harman said: "Morrisons has had two opportunities to get this right. In these applications they told us they would have five deliveries a day. If they can’t get five deliveries in, they have quite a problem.

"The officers are right. Morrisons should have told us about this before."

The store's current delivery hours were also a blight on neighbours, with Councillor Dorothy Mitchell saying people did not want to listen to lorries reversing and doors clanging when they are in their gardens during the summer months.

Councillors unanimously refused the proposals but permitted the supermarket to relax noise level restrictions and change the style of the gates into the service yard.

A Morrisons spokesman said: "We want to provide customers with a great choice of affordable, fresh food and the extended delivery hours would have allowed us to provide the best possible service seven days a week.

"The decision is disappointing, especially as we have had extensive, constructive discussions with the council’s environmental health team to ensure the extended delivery hours would not have an adverse impact on our neighbours or the local area."

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:23pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

What is so wrong with deliveries between 9 & 4 on a Sunday? The same moaning neighbours will be the ones moaning "in-store" too if they do not have the produce they want on a Sunday morning. This is 2014, not 1970, when all shops of any size were closed on a Sunday. These moaners will say that Sundays are for rest & going to church. Well, yes they are, as well as any other activities that we choose to do on our days off.
What is so wrong with deliveries between 9 & 4 on a Sunday? The same moaning neighbours will be the ones moaning "in-store" too if they do not have the produce they want on a Sunday morning. This is 2014, not 1970, when all shops of any size were closed on a Sunday. These moaners will say that Sundays are for rest & going to church. Well, yes they are, as well as any other activities that we choose to do on our days off. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 7

1:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Baron Digger says...

9am to 4pm and not 9am & 9pm
9am to 4pm and not 9am & 9pm Baron Digger
  • Score: -4

2:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Red_Rock says...

Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
What is so wrong with deliveries between 9 & 4 on a Sunday? The same moaning neighbours will be the ones moaning "in-store" too if they do not have the produce they want on a Sunday morning. This is 2014, not 1970, when all shops of any size were closed on a Sunday. These moaners will say that Sundays are for rest & going to church. Well, yes they are, as well as any other activities that we choose to do on our days off.
You must believe you are Mystic Meg knowing what everyone else is thinking. So guess what I am thinking about you right now!
[quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: What is so wrong with deliveries between 9 & 4 on a Sunday? The same moaning neighbours will be the ones moaning "in-store" too if they do not have the produce they want on a Sunday morning. This is 2014, not 1970, when all shops of any size were closed on a Sunday. These moaners will say that Sundays are for rest & going to church. Well, yes they are, as well as any other activities that we choose to do on our days off.[/p][/quote]You must believe you are Mystic Meg knowing what everyone else is thinking. So guess what I am thinking about you right now! Red_Rock
  • Score: -1

2:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Red_Rock wrote:
Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
What is so wrong with deliveries between 9 & 4 on a Sunday? The same moaning neighbours will be the ones moaning "in-store" too if they do not have the produce they want on a Sunday morning. This is 2014, not 1970, when all shops of any size were closed on a Sunday. These moaners will say that Sundays are for rest & going to church. Well, yes they are, as well as any other activities that we choose to do on our days off.
You must believe you are Mystic Meg knowing what everyone else is thinking. So guess what I am thinking about you right now!
You obviously fancy me, sweetie. If I am Mystic Meg, then you must be Septic Peg.
[quote][p][bold]Red_Rock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: What is so wrong with deliveries between 9 & 4 on a Sunday? The same moaning neighbours will be the ones moaning "in-store" too if they do not have the produce they want on a Sunday morning. This is 2014, not 1970, when all shops of any size were closed on a Sunday. These moaners will say that Sundays are for rest & going to church. Well, yes they are, as well as any other activities that we choose to do on our days off.[/p][/quote]You must believe you are Mystic Meg knowing what everyone else is thinking. So guess what I am thinking about you right now![/p][/quote]You obviously fancy me, sweetie. If I am Mystic Meg, then you must be Septic Peg. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree