Somewhere in the world a new McDonald's opens every 3 hours and
McDonald's (the $30 billion multinational fast-food chain) have lodged a planning application to build a 'Drive-Thru' restaurant in our area. If allowed to go ahead, their proposal will bring significant and unwelcome changes to our community. While there are numerous reasons to object to McDonald's in general, there are a number of specific issues relevant to this planning application.
While the government and local authorities are being encouraged to make decisions that reduce traffic levels and the dependance on car use, it is ironic that McDonald's expansion plans revolve around 'Drive-Thrus'.
If their application is approved we will experience a significant rise in traffic levels in our already busy area. The new traffic created will cause nuisance to existing traffic and increase the danger of accidents for pedestrians.
While our area already suffers from noticeable litter and vandalism, the planned McDonald's will only make things worse. The proposal includes very long opening hours (7am - 11pm, 7 days a week), and will result in noise and disturbances at all hours for local residents. During the hot summer months, the smell from the kitchens, from waste storage and from litter disgarded by customers may become offensive and attract vermin.
Neon lights, tacky signs and adverts will change the character of the area and may represent the start of an unwelcome trend in our locality. Existing local businesses will lose trade to multinationals that will drain the life-blood from our community. While McDonald's claims to offer new job opportunities, the majority of the jobs will be low paid, non-skilled, part-time jobs with no guaranteed hours. As local businesses lose trade, people already employed may find themselves made redundant.
McDonald's must not be allowed to spoil our community!
McDonald's can be stopped!
McDonald's usually succeed in using their wealth and influence to override the wishes of local people. They tend to use a carrot and stick approch. They claim they will 'enhance' the community and 'create' new jobs for locals, while threatening a costly appeal if they lose. But local residents have been victorious in East Finchley (London), Winchmore Hill (London), Nottingham, Leicester, Fairlight (Australia), & Montpelier (Vermont, USA) to name but a few. McDonald's are not invincible!
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