Couple to sell home over 24-hour store

Kimberley residents Margaret and Les Smith and Ann Rigley complaining about new fans that Sainsbury's have installed which are noisy and give off bad smells into their gardens.
Kimberley residents Margaret and Les Smith and Ann Rigley complaining about new fans that Sainsbury's have installed which are noisy and give off bad smells into their gardens.

RESIDENTS living near to Sainsbury’s in Kimberley are at the end of their tethers with noises and smells from extractor fans and 24 hour bright lights streaming into their gardens.

One couple have had their house valued to sell up because they cannot bear it any longer, and pensioners next door say its affecting their health.

The residents in Broomhill Road complained about the noise during summer when work was being done to make the store bigger, but these latest problems are here to stay, they say.

Les and Margaret Smith who live in the old Methodist church are regularly woken up during the night by the sound of the fans and generators.

Mr Smith said he is constantly tired and the stress is making his lung condition worse.

“We haven’t had a good night sleep in months,” he said.

“I’m not a fit man to start with and it’s not helping with my chest problems. I’ve lost weight with all the worry. It’s night after night. We can’t go on.”

The pensioners have had two sound monitors fitted in their properties and have asked local councillors to help them.

Cllr Andy Cooper said it had been a ‘nightmare’ for them.

“They called me out and just said they couldn’t stand it any longer. They were desperate. At the end of their tethers,” he said.

Ann Rigley, who lives next door to the Smiths, says she is planning to sell her home because the noise and smells from the store mean she cannot sit in her garden.

“We have three fans practically in our backyard roaring away and the smell is horrendous. When the noise started up in the night my husband got up the next day and said ‘that’s it we’re moving’.

“When we’re sat in our conservatory we have to turn the TV up and I can’t hang my washing out because of the smell.”

Mrs Rigley also said her husband was a keen astronomer but the bright lights streaming into their garden make using his telescope to see the stars impossible.

Kimberley councillor David Kirwin lives in Broomhill Road.

He said: “We know we live next door to a big store but at times the noise is horrendous. We all complained when the building work on the extension was being carried out in the summer but we stuck it out thinking it would all be over in a couple of months. We have got the aftermath now and this noise that we didn’t expect will be going on forever.”

Back in July Cllr Kirwin told the Advertiser the noise was ‘intolerable’ and people living in the street, several of whom have terminal illnesses, could not sleep.

The residents have written to Sainsbury’s headquarters and have made several appointments with the store manager, but say they are getting nowhere.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “Incidents like this are very rare and we have been working closely with the local community to ensure noise from our store is kept to an absolute minimum.

“We will continue to work hard to deal with any noise and our store manager is always happy to speak to local residents to address any concerns that they have.”