‘All I want is some peace to enjoy home’

Alan Long has complained about the noise from refrigerated lorries at the store.
Alan Long has complained about the noise from refrigerated lorries at the store.
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A 59-year-old Spalding man who is a prisoner in his home because of illness claims he cannot get the rest he needs because of constant “droning” from an Aldi refrigerated lorry.

Alan Long says the lorry arrives at the unloading bay in Aldi car park, opposite his home in St Thomas’s Road, every day at about 1pm and is there until it is collected 12 to 14 hours later.

Mr Long, who suffers body-wide osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia and has been unable to work for more than ten years, said the problem began before Christmas and there have only been a handful of days free of noise.

He said he has complained to management at local and regional level – and has now called on the help of MP John Hayes and South Holland District Council’s environmental health department.

Mr Long said: “I can’t sleep, watch TV or concentrate to read a book or the Spalding Guardian.

“I’m a prisoner in my own home, but I make the most of what I have, which is my home.

“I just want some peace and quiet and to be able keep in touch with my friends on Facebook without having the constant whining and droning.

“The noise vibrates and is like living next to a jet engine.

“I just don’t understand why they have to keep it running.”

Samantha Ward, area manager, said Aldi was “incredibly sorry to be affecting his life”.

She said: “The refrigerated lorry has been there temporarily to help the store, but is certainly not meant to upset or keep someone awake.

“I have asked for it to be switched off at 9pm, but if it is still annoying the residents the answer is simple – it will just have to go.”