Neighbours threaten to sue Morrison's in Sutton over car park noise

Angry neighbours plan to sue Morrisons

Angry neighbours plan to sue Morrisons

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A group of neighbours are suing a Sutton supermarket they say has kept them awake with late night construction work.

Residents in a block of flats in Sutton Park Road near the Morrison's in the town centre claim work on the shop's car park has gone on overnight on more than one occasion causing them to lose so much sleep they were unable to go into work the following day.

Peter Aires said work on the car park went on between 8pm and 5am on Sunday, July 20 and Monday, July 21 causing him to miss two days of work and he, along with other neighbours affected, have written to the supermarket asking for compensation.

Mr Aires said: "It's very noisy even with the windows closed but when it is so hot, you have to have the windows open.

"It feels like they do it at night so they can keep the car park open during opening hours without giving any thought to the neighbours.

"It has gone on until 5am and 6am on consecutive days. It is terrible and it caused me to take two days off work where I was having migraines."

The neighbours have been backed up by the buildings owners AmicusHorizon, which said it was able to reach an agreement with GoGym, which is also nearby, and hopes to be able to do the same with Morrison's.

Michael Cleaver, director of home ownership for AmicusHorizon, said: "AmicusHorizon knows how intrusive this type of noise can be. We support our residents at in their attempt to reduce the impact from Morrison's.  

"We’ve worked with residents and GoGym to reduce the noise from the fitness equipment on the ground floor.  

"We really hope Morrison's can follow GoGym’s lead and find a solution to help improve the situation."

A spokesman for Morrison's said: "We understand the frustrations of our neighbours regarding the works to our car park. 

"It forms part of necessary maintenance for our well used customer car park which we have substantially invested in to improve its condition and durability.

"Due to the nature of the refurbishment, we have had to work during the evening on a few occasions. 

"Our onsite team have strived to minimise disruption and have kept our neighbours informed with regular letters detailing the works and highlighting any expected disturbance.

"We expect that work on the car park will be complete in the next few weeks and want to thank residents for bearing with us.”

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7:30am Thu 31 Jul 14

cat1kids2 says...

2days and they want compensation already!
2days and they want compensation already! cat1kids2
  • Score: 10

8:34am Thu 31 Jul 14

mafioza says...

The works + noise has been going on since March.
The works + noise has been going on since March. mafioza
  • Score: 8

8:52am Thu 31 Jul 14

theavengers says...

when you choose to live next to a business you will get noise. live in the country if you want silence. i live next door to morrisons and have no problems.
when you choose to live next to a business you will get noise. live in the country if you want silence. i live next door to morrisons and have no problems. theavengers
  • Score: 8

10:38am Thu 31 Jul 14

Snork says...

Get a life this goes on everywhere every night. We had 5 nights of it on Carshalton Rd when it was resurfaced with the whole house shaking. Did we sue TFL despite them not giving notice as required? Of course not. If it needs resurfacing it makes sense to do it at night. Get some earplugs and get on with it. If this is all you have to worry about then you have very easy lives.
Get a life this goes on everywhere every night. We had 5 nights of it on Carshalton Rd when it was resurfaced with the whole house shaking. Did we sue TFL despite them not giving notice as required? Of course not. If it needs resurfacing it makes sense to do it at night. Get some earplugs and get on with it. If this is all you have to worry about then you have very easy lives. Snork
  • Score: 21

10:52am Thu 31 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

While I agree with most, not all, of the comments above, it has to be a fact that if a householder or small business was doing such noisy work through the night, the local authority would be down on them like a ton of bricks. So who is condoning this breach of normal rules?
While I agree with most, not all, of the comments above, it has to be a fact that if a householder or small business was doing such noisy work through the night, the local authority would be down on them like a ton of bricks. So who is condoning this breach of normal rules? Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 12

1:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

BoobSMcGee says...

Too lazy to go into work more like
Too lazy to go into work more like BoobSMcGee
  • Score: 12

1:58pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Net_Taxpayer says...

cat1kids2 wrote:
2days and they want compensation already!
Yes this is the typical trashy mentality of MONEY FOR FREE, whether it is through benefits or suing someone.
[quote][p][bold]cat1kids2[/bold] wrote: 2days and they want compensation already![/p][/quote]Yes this is the typical trashy mentality of MONEY FOR FREE, whether it is through benefits or suing someone. Net_Taxpayer
  • Score: 10

5:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

rivacrelad says...

Get to work you lazy sods !!
Get to work you lazy sods !! rivacrelad
  • Score: 6

9:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bored&FedUp says...

I totally agree with them. I've had 8 months of solid noise 24/7 from a Co-Op Store. They don't care that i'm awake most of the night every night because of the noise. Their Customer Services department never reply to my emails. The staff don't care either and go out of their way to make even more noise. I don't think they would like it if it happened to them, so why do us residents have to put up with such ignorant, inconsiderate behaviour??
I totally agree with them. I've had 8 months of solid noise 24/7 from a Co-Op Store. They don't care that i'm awake most of the night every night because of the noise. Their Customer Services department never reply to my emails. The staff don't care either and go out of their way to make even more noise. I don't think they would like it if it happened to them, so why do us residents have to put up with such ignorant, inconsiderate behaviour?? Bored&FedUp
  • Score: 1

7:09pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Brianfromsutton says...

A few weeks of demolition of the Brighton Road car park...... 8 am every morning. six days a week......... you just have to live with it!

We've had a couple of weeks peace now but they will soon start on the foundations and re-building work which will go on for many months......

....never mind, Sutton Council made a lot of money from selling the site.... doesn't matter what the nearby residents have to endure!!!
A few weeks of demolition of the Brighton Road car park...... 8 am every morning. six days a week......... you just have to live with it! We've had a couple of weeks peace now but they will soon start on the foundations and re-building work which will go on for many months...... ....never mind, Sutton Council made a lot of money from selling the site.... doesn't matter what the nearby residents have to endure!!! Brianfromsutton
  • Score: 7

6:00pm Sat 2 Aug 14

mafioza says...

Seems like this sort of thing has happened a lot and it's a shame so many people of sutton have a 'make do with it' attitude and just put up with it instead of grouping together and making a stand so that high street shopping giants don't act in a selfish manner. They forget that if they **** off residents then residents won't shop there. It's important that residents don't get bullied and keep reporting any noise to sutton council tel 0208 770 5583 or out of hours 0208 770 5000. Seems like some people that have made comments on here don't have kids, they probably just play computer games all night and wake up every day at 9 or 10 am and don't have to worry about going to work. Well all I can say to you is get a job, get a life and support your neighbours...your community, because one day you might have a problem and you might need help. Well done to the residents who have the guts to stand up and try to make a difference to improve the community.
Seems like this sort of thing has happened a lot and it's a shame so many people of sutton have a 'make do with it' attitude and just put up with it instead of grouping together and making a stand so that high street shopping giants don't act in a selfish manner. They forget that if they **** off residents then residents won't shop there. It's important that residents don't get bullied and keep reporting any noise to sutton council tel 0208 770 5583 or out of hours 0208 770 5000. Seems like some people that have made comments on here don't have kids, they probably just play computer games all night and wake up every day at 9 or 10 am and don't have to worry about going to work. Well all I can say to you is get a job, get a life and support your neighbours...your community, because one day you might have a problem and you might need help. Well done to the residents who have the guts to stand up and try to make a difference to improve the community. mafioza
  • Score: 4

4:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cat1kids2 says...

I do have a full time very demanding job, I start most mornings just after 6.30am and some evenings am just about finished by 7pm that's a 12 hour day, yes I have kids and no I don't play computer games and I don't complain about my life, it's my choices.
But on reading the article is states that the most aggrieved person had to miss two days of work because of the disruption - I would gladly support local people who are suffering but if after only 2 days they are requesting compensation it just sounds like they are jumping on the compensation culture that this country is sadly allowing them to do, another headline in the Sutton Guardian is the local council paying out £1.5 million in compensation in 4 years - speaks volumes!!
I do have a full time very demanding job, I start most mornings just after 6.30am and some evenings am just about finished by 7pm that's a 12 hour day, yes I have kids and no I don't play computer games and I don't complain about my life, it's my choices. But on reading the article is states that the most aggrieved person had to miss two days of work because of the disruption - I would gladly support local people who are suffering but if after only 2 days they are requesting compensation it just sounds like they are jumping on the compensation culture that this country is sadly allowing them to do, another headline in the Sutton Guardian is the local council paying out £1.5 million in compensation in 4 years - speaks volumes!! cat1kids2
  • Score: 1

9:37am Tue 5 Aug 14

mafioza says...

cat1kids2 wrote:
I do have a full time very demanding job, I start most mornings just after 6.30am and some evenings am just about finished by 7pm that's a 12 hour day, yes I have kids and no I don't play computer games and I don't complain about my life, it's my choices.
But on reading the article is states that the most aggrieved person had to miss two days of work because of the disruption - I would gladly support local people who are suffering but if after only 2 days they are requesting compensation it just sounds like they are jumping on the compensation culture that this country is sadly allowing them to do, another headline in the Sutton Guardian is the local council paying out £1.5 million in compensation in 4 years - speaks volumes!!
cat1kids2: If my comment was about you then I would have mentioned your name. If you research this issue in the Guardian archives, then this sort of thing has happened a lot. What else are local residents supposed to do? Wait for things to get really bad? I know in my company if you miss three days work you have to provide a letter, so it is best to make a stand early on otherwise these big companies will just think that they can do what they like. What happened to local residents sticking together and supporting each other? We are all meant to rally together and fight for justice. Anyway I have been to that supermarket and I know that the works have been going on most of the year so I don't think its just been the odd occasion. The reason Sutton Council has paid out £1.5 million in compensation is because they have let big companies like this supermarket get away with issues like this. They don't deal with things head on and early on, so its good that the local residents are acting on behalf of the council and getting the job done!
[quote][p][bold]cat1kids2[/bold] wrote: I do have a full time very demanding job, I start most mornings just after 6.30am and some evenings am just about finished by 7pm that's a 12 hour day, yes I have kids and no I don't play computer games and I don't complain about my life, it's my choices. But on reading the article is states that the most aggrieved person had to miss two days of work because of the disruption - I would gladly support local people who are suffering but if after only 2 days they are requesting compensation it just sounds like they are jumping on the compensation culture that this country is sadly allowing them to do, another headline in the Sutton Guardian is the local council paying out £1.5 million in compensation in 4 years - speaks volumes!![/p][/quote]cat1kids2: If my comment was about you then I would have mentioned your name. If you research this issue in the Guardian archives, then this sort of thing has happened a lot. What else are local residents supposed to do? Wait for things to get really bad? I know in my company if you miss three days work you have to provide a letter, so it is best to make a stand early on otherwise these big companies will just think that they can do what they like. What happened to local residents sticking together and supporting each other? We are all meant to rally together and fight for justice. Anyway I have been to that supermarket and I know that the works have been going on most of the year so I don't think its just been the odd occasion. The reason Sutton Council has paid out £1.5 million in compensation is because they have let big companies like this supermarket get away with issues like this. They don't deal with things head on and early on, so its good that the local residents are acting on behalf of the council and getting the job done! mafioza
  • Score: 3

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