Email from Sandra Semple
I see from a letter on the planning application site 09/0019 that someone complained about noise coming from the Tesco site from piling. You replied, correctly, that there has been no piling so you say in your letter that there was therefore no particular source of unusual noise. There IS a source of noise similar to (or perhaps greater than) piling. There is a vibrating roller constantly working on the part of the site that will be occupied by the Tesco store. This vibrating roller (which has a decibel level greater than 100 according to Tesco's own documents) has been working most of the time from 8 am - 8 pm Monday - Saturday.
Initially, EDDC agreed that infill could take place at any time, 24 hours a day 7 days a week but said that after that Tesco would revert to "normal construction hours". This was put in writing by Ms Wallace of EDDC Environmental Health. However, as soon as the infill process ceased, EDDC gave Tesco permission to work 8 am - 8 pm to level the store site prior to construction of the store said to be commercing on 13 June 2011. After that (again, according to Ms Wallace and again in writing) normal construction hours (8 am - 6 pm Monday - Friday and 8 am - 1 pm Saturdays) are supposed to be in force unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Personally, I predict that normal construction hours will never happen. Tesco will continue to work whatever hours it wants and make whatever noise it wants, citing exceptional circumstances on a daily or weekly basis as it suits them. I think it unlikely that EDDC will do anything whatsoever to change this - it has shown no sign of being able to tame the Tesco tiger.
It might therefore be best not to make sweeping statements about there being no abnormal noise levels on the site. There have been abnormal noise levels, there continues to be abnormal noise levels and I have no doubt that such noise will continue at anti-social hours for many months to come.