Baildon store to cut early morning openings after complaints

Coun Debbie Davies

Coun Debbie Davies

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

Tesco is cutting opening hours at its Express store in Baildon after a campaign to enforce planning rules.

The popular Otley Road store was permitted by Bradford Council planners on the basis it would trade between 7am and 11pm.

But in July last year customers were suddenly being welcomed from 6am, said Councillor Debbie Davies (Con, Baildon). “They got permission for the store three years ago and local residents were delighted at the arrival of such a convenient store,” she said.

“However in July, Tesco began trading from 6am – which meant delivery lorries arriving in the very early hours of the morning.

“And I began getting complaints from householders upset by the dawn racket.”

She contacted Bradford Council’s planning enforcement team last August who wrote to Tesco asking for the original opening times to be re-instated.

Coun Davies said: “They also gave them the option to put in a new application to open at 6am, which would probably have been granted.

“However Tesco did not see fit to reply to the Council, and whenever I asked for an update, the attitude was ‘we’ll give them a few more weeks.

“I found it bizarre that Tesco were allowed to keep breaking the rules, when I’m sure if it were a small independent trader the council would’ve been down on them straight away.”

Bradford Council planning manager Ian Horsfall said: “We have written to Tesco pointing out they are in breach of their planning condition at their Express store in Otley Road, Baildon, and asking them to either open at the authorised time or make an application to vary their permitted hours of working. To date no such planning application has been submitted. Given the location of the store, on a major road through the district, we would be minded to grant permission for them to open from 6am. Therefore it would not be expedient to instigate enforcement action against them.”

But after requests for a comment from the Telegraph & Argus, Tesco announced it would obey the terms of planning consent and would also investigate how the confusion had arisen.

“We are investigating how this has happened and will be contacting the Council to discuss the best way forward,” a Tesco spokesman said.

“In the meantime, we’ll ensure the store reverts to its original opening hours of 7am to 11pm.”

Councillor Davies thanked the T&A, saying: “It seems the fear of negative publicity in the local paper is still a powerful force, although it does make the Council look a bit fluffy.”

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7:53am Wed 29 Jan 14

Mike Strutter says...

"Given the location of the store, on a major road through the district, we would be minded to grant permission for them to open from 6am. Therefore it would not be expedient to instigate enforcement action against them.”

That say's it all really doesn't it ?

What's the point of having planning rules if the council's own planning department adopt an attitude such as this ?
"Given the location of the store, on a major road through the district, we would be minded to grant permission for them to open from 6am. Therefore it would not be expedient to instigate enforcement action against them.” That say's it all really doesn't it ? What's the point of having planning rules if the council's own planning department adopt an attitude such as this ? Mike Strutter
  • Score: 15

8:51am Wed 29 Jan 14

taleoftruth says...

This councillor is employed by the T&A so it's no surprise really. Very cosy.
This councillor is employed by the T&A so it's no surprise really. Very cosy. taleoftruth
  • Score: 8

9:46am Wed 29 Jan 14

MontyLeMar says...

There will be people over at Tesco very upset that they have been made to look foolish, expect some retaliation soon. Big organisations like Tesco consider rules and regulations are for the little people, the big boys can do whatever they feel like. It's either that or they are such a disorganised bunch that the left foot doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Probably the latter when I think about it. What's a paltry little convenience store in Baildon when compared to the mighty Tesco empire. It was all probably down to a keen local manager taking the initiative, wanting to boost his turnover and impress his bosses down south so he could get out of this grotty place asap.
There will be people over at Tesco very upset that they have been made to look foolish, expect some retaliation soon. Big organisations like Tesco consider rules and regulations are for the little people, the big boys can do whatever they feel like. It's either that or they are such a disorganised bunch that the left foot doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Probably the latter when I think about it. What's a paltry little convenience store in Baildon when compared to the mighty Tesco empire. It was all probably down to a keen local manager taking the initiative, wanting to boost his turnover and impress his bosses down south so he could get out of this grotty place asap. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 0

10:56am Wed 29 Jan 14

Grumpygirl says...

'Minded to approve'! In Bradford planning rules are only for the little guy, the rich and influential can always fix things with a retrospective application.

Cllr Davies knows this; the bridle path, which bought off her opposition to Buck Lane was constructed illegally by the Council. They granted themselves planning permission only after it was completed.

Typical Tory hypocrisy. Let's see if they vote against the latest Buck Lane development when it comes up for approval tomorrow.
'Minded to approve'! In Bradford planning rules are only for the little guy, the rich and influential can always fix things with a retrospective application. Cllr Davies knows this; the bridle path, which bought off her opposition to Buck Lane was constructed illegally by the Council. They granted themselves planning permission only after it was completed. Typical Tory hypocrisy. Let's see if they vote against the latest Buck Lane development when it comes up for approval tomorrow. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 10

11:11am Wed 29 Jan 14

BaildonGuy says...

The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.
The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 12

11:33am Wed 29 Jan 14

Sophie2014 says...

There is nothing wrong with opening this store at 6. I know quite a lot of people who work here and they are absolutely fine with opening at 6 and their deliveries are always late so I dont know how people can complain about it. The people who travel to work early benefit from it but also people in the local area! Its a load of rubbish and shud keep to opening at 6 and closing at 11!
There is nothing wrong with opening this store at 6. I know quite a lot of people who work here and they are absolutely fine with opening at 6 and their deliveries are always late so I dont know how people can complain about it. The people who travel to work early benefit from it but also people in the local area! Its a load of rubbish and shud keep to opening at 6 and closing at 11! Sophie2014
  • Score: -2

12:28pm Wed 29 Jan 14

RollandSmoke says...

How many homes are actually within earshot of the Otley Road Tesco's? It can't be many.
How many homes are actually within earshot of the Otley Road Tesco's? It can't be many. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -5

12:28pm Wed 29 Jan 14

4everSteve says...

Lets be honest, they broke the rules because they knew they'd get away with it here. Same as all the people jumping red lights, driving without licences and insurance, smoking on buses, trains and in other prohibited areas, building without permission, etc.

There is such a culture in the area to not police these matters that ignoring the rules has become the norm. Its sad, but Bradford cannot improve itself until this changes, and change needs to start at the top with the people paid to regulate and uphold.
Lets be honest, they broke the rules because they knew they'd get away with it here. Same as all the people jumping red lights, driving without licences and insurance, smoking on buses, trains and in other prohibited areas, building without permission, etc. There is such a culture in the area to not police these matters that ignoring the rules has become the norm. Its sad, but Bradford cannot improve itself until this changes, and change needs to start at the top with the people paid to regulate and uphold. 4everSteve
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Ruthydee says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.
And with such a large well established employer 'Denso Marsden' just down the road running a 24 hr operation employing hundreds of shift workers Im guessing the Tesco local is of real benefit to them and if you've bought/ rented a house on Otley road/ the bottom of Hollins Hill I would expect traffic/ lorry noise at all times of day that's why houses on main roads are cheaper than the same house on the top of the moors.
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.[/p][/quote]And with such a large well established employer 'Denso Marsden' just down the road running a 24 hr operation employing hundreds of shift workers Im guessing the Tesco local is of real benefit to them and if you've bought/ rented a house on Otley road/ the bottom of Hollins Hill I would expect traffic/ lorry noise at all times of day that's why houses on main roads are cheaper than the same house on the top of the moors. Ruthydee
  • Score: -3

2:36pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Albion. says...

If the benefits to 6am opening are so helpful to so many people, how come Tesco didn't bother to apply to change their opening hours? Like the report say's, they would very likely have got it anyway. Makes no difference to me, I visited it a couple of times and found it to be very poorly stocked, on the last visit I was told I had to do my own checkout (by a girl stacking shelves) because everyone was off sick with Flu!
If the benefits to 6am opening are so helpful to so many people, how come Tesco didn't bother to apply to change their opening hours? Like the report say's, they would very likely have got it anyway. Makes no difference to me, I visited it a couple of times and found it to be very poorly stocked, on the last visit I was told I had to do my own checkout (by a girl stacking shelves) because everyone was off sick with Flu! Albion.
  • Score: 10

3:06pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Ruthydee wrote:
BaildonGuy wrote:
The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.
And with such a large well established employer 'Denso Marsden' just down the road running a 24 hr operation employing hundreds of shift workers Im guessing the Tesco local is of real benefit to them and if you've bought/ rented a house on Otley road/ the bottom of Hollins Hill I would expect traffic/ lorry noise at all times of day that's why houses on main roads are cheaper than the same house on the top of the moors.
Presumably you meant Denso Marston?
[quote][p][bold]Ruthydee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.[/p][/quote]And with such a large well established employer 'Denso Marsden' just down the road running a 24 hr operation employing hundreds of shift workers Im guessing the Tesco local is of real benefit to them and if you've bought/ rented a house on Otley road/ the bottom of Hollins Hill I would expect traffic/ lorry noise at all times of day that's why houses on main roads are cheaper than the same house on the top of the moors.[/p][/quote]Presumably you meant Denso Marston? Albion.
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Wed 29 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

What a feeble Council we have.
What a feeble Council we have. alive and awake
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14

MontyLeMar says...

4everSteve wrote:
Lets be honest, they broke the rules because they knew they'd get away with it here. Same as all the people jumping red lights, driving without licences and insurance, smoking on buses, trains and in other prohibited areas, building without permission, etc.

There is such a culture in the area to not police these matters that ignoring the rules has become the norm. Its sad, but Bradford cannot improve itself until this changes, and change needs to start at the top with the people paid to regulate and uphold.
To believe that the Tesco board are even aware of Baildon is naieve. They install a manager with the remit "make profits!" They care not one iota if they upset the locals. He/She will do everything to make it a success. Open at 4.00 if necessary. Head office will handle the flack.
[quote][p][bold]4everSteve[/bold] wrote: Lets be honest, they broke the rules because they knew they'd get away with it here. Same as all the people jumping red lights, driving without licences and insurance, smoking on buses, trains and in other prohibited areas, building without permission, etc. There is such a culture in the area to not police these matters that ignoring the rules has become the norm. Its sad, but Bradford cannot improve itself until this changes, and change needs to start at the top with the people paid to regulate and uphold.[/p][/quote]To believe that the Tesco board are even aware of Baildon is naieve. They install a manager with the remit "make profits!" They care not one iota if they upset the locals. He/She will do everything to make it a success. Open at 4.00 if necessary. Head office will handle the flack. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 0

10:01am Thu 30 Jan 14

Dragon Saddle says...

How the mighty have fallen ;-)
How the mighty have fallen ;-) Dragon Saddle
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Thu 30 Jan 14

JohnnyBd says...

Dragon Saddle wrote:
How the mighty have fallen ;-)
who has fallen? tesco?
[quote][p][bold]Dragon Saddle[/bold] wrote: How the mighty have fallen ;-)[/p][/quote]who has fallen? tesco? JohnnyBd
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Shipleyvegas says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.
Then let them make an application to vary the hours

This is saying 'breaking the rules is ok if it's for the workers'

No it's not ok ever. The regulations are there for a reason! Nothing to do with tory policy or lib dem policy for that matter. This is planning rules which should be adhered to or the rule breaker penalised
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: The people who benefit most from a 6 am opening are blue collar workers on the way to start their shift. So naturally Ms. Debbie 'we're all in it together' Davies feels she has to close the store in their face. Shame on her, and the rest of the posh horsey Tories who live in Baildon.[/p][/quote]Then let them make an application to vary the hours This is saying 'breaking the rules is ok if it's for the workers' No it's not ok ever. The regulations are there for a reason! Nothing to do with tory policy or lib dem policy for that matter. This is planning rules which should be adhered to or the rule breaker penalised Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 1

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