Councillor's anger at Aldi's leaflets with hour extension
FURIOUS Val Vedmore has accused Aldi of making a mockery of the planning system.
She lives next door to the retail giant's new store in Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury.
She was angered after it obtained planning permission to open until 9pm, rather than 8pm, from Monday to Saturday.
The town councillor said it would increase noise problems for her and other people living close to the shop.
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Now she has claimed that Aldi published brochures advertising the later opening times before it got permission.
She said: "The brochure was out from October 28 but the planning didn't go through until October 30, so the brochure must have been printed well before that.
"It makes a mockery of the planning system."
The extra hour was approved by the borough council's planning committee.
While some residents agreed with the concerns, others supported Aldi had opened the store.
It heard there were 21 letters of objection from people worried about noise pollution, but a 31-name petition backed the move.
Nobody from Aldi was available for comment.