SUPERMARKET giant Asda is causing controversy in a Sheffield neighbourhood with an application to extend opening hours.
The company has made the request to Sheffield Council for its Manor Top store – having already received permission to allow deliveries on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Nearby residents are objecting to the planned hours increase and say that increased trade since Asda took over the store from Netto has led to ‘noise, litter and traffic disruption’.
In a letter to licensing officials, a resident of nearby Hurlfield Road said: “I write on behalf of residents of Elm Tree Court and City Road, whose houses and car park are next door to Asda.
“Since Asda took over, our quality of life has spiralled downwards with the increase in noise, litter, disruption of traffic on the small area of Hurlfield Road where delivery lorries constantly have difficulty reversing into the loading bay – a danger to pedestrians and car drivers as vision is difficult.
“Extended delivery times are unacceptable, as are the proposed extended hours.
“We are already plagued by youths congregating in the car park and storage area.
“We have notified the police on several occasions, while Asda staff have ignored the disturbances.”
“We feel strongly that the extension of opening hours will further exacerbate our problems and our quality of life will diminish.”
The application is to be considered by the council’s licensing board on Monday.
Asda’s application is to trade from 6am until midnight seven days a week.
The store currently opens from 8am until 11pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 10.30pm on Sundays.
An Asda spokesman said: “Our plans will improve the operation of our store.”