Local residents recently protested the Sunday operation of a self-storage business in Saltney, Flintshire, North Wales. Lock Stock Self Storage Ltd. received approval for operation of its facility in 2006, providing it did not open on Sundays or bank holidays. The company is now seeking to open the site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, which residents of the nearby Lindfields estate claim will create noise and disruption.
Carolyn Edwards, chairman of the residents’ association, told planning officers that the site was a "disruptive, noisy eyesore," pointing out that land on the estate side of the street was developed for residential use. The area houses many young families, and a park and school lie opposite the self-storage facility. Edwards said the sounds of large vehicles and unit doors would be inappropriate on Sunday mornings.
Another resident said the storage facility often stays open on Sundays.
Lock Stock has countered the complaints by saying the sound from its facility is less than that from passing traffic and trains, and unit access is infrequent.
Planning officers sided with residents regarding the noise concern, though environmental health officers said they did not believe noise from the facility would be a detriment to residents. Planners suggested the hours of operation be amended to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These hours were approved.