Supermarket noise row rumbles on

sainsburys store
sainsburys store

Supermarket bosses have said they will meet again with an elderly couple who say they haven’t slept properly for years because of the shop.

Leslie Smith, 83, and his wife Margaret, 82, featured in the the Advertiser 18 months ago because of the noise from Sainsbury’s in Kimberley but this week Mr Smith said the problem still exists.

He explained: “Me and my wife haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in years, it’s affecting our health.

“The problems started when the extension was built.

“I think it’s to do with a generator or air conditioning units but they won’t turn things off to identify where it is coming from.

“It’s making our lives a misery, in the day it’s ok because you’re up and about doing things but in the evening we have to turn the television volume up and at night we can’t sleep properly.

“We can’t move at our age. This is our home and we want to spend the rest of our lives living here but the noise keeps us awake night in, night out, we just want it to stop.”

Two noise surveys have been carried out by Sainsbury’s andboth found that any noise is within the legal limit and no louder than the nearby main road.

But Mr Smith said: “The first survey was a man walking around with a microphone for about five minutes in the middle of the day.

“The next time they placed their recording equipment right next to the road so the results can’t have been accurate.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Our stores always aim to be a good neighbour so naturally we’re disappointed to hear of Mr and Mrs Smith’s complaint.

“Since being made aware of the issue last year, we’ve worked hard to make sure any noise is of an acceptable level, including regular monitoring of the store.”

Representatives for the store say they are happy to meet with the Smiths again.