MAC WILL SHUN DEBATE
Mr David Ward, communications officer for London North and South, told the Observer: "We do want to listen to the views of all sections of the local community, but we don't want to attend a large public venue where we would have to give an immediate response. We would prefer to listen to people's views, digest them and then respond to their concerns." Mr Ward said he would like to hear a summary of the objections "in a more controlled environment" and has suggested a meeting of two McDonald's representatives and two from the East Grinstead Coalition Against the McDonald's Plan on neutral territory.
But protester Richard Tassell said he wanted an open meeting with the public present to hear any comments made. "It is disappointing, as I wanted McDonald's to put forward their point of view in order to be as fair as possible," he said.
Mr Tassell added that McDonald's will be represented at the meeting in spirit however, as a dummy with a Ronald McDonald clown mask on will be sitting on stage along with the speakers at the forum.
GARBAGE PROTEST AT McDONALD'S SITE
McDONALD'S - WHY ALL THE FUSS
The anti-McDonald's forces are mobilising their campaigns - their aim is to stop the Council granting the Development Application so that the restaurant cannot be built.
[The DA will be considered by the Council towards the end of October.] [The article goes on to set out criticisms of McDonald's over 5 pages on "health & nutrition", "workers' rights", "international record", and then introduces the McLibel case including the McSpotlight URL.]
McNATURALS PROPOSAL FOR McDONALD'SMcDonald's Australia have been asked to consider opening a restaurant in the Blue Mountains "serving genuinely healthy, locally produced, environmentally friendly food" and operating under the title of McNatural's.
The suggestion has come from Brandon Raynor, a naturopath and chairperson of EarthSave (NSW) in conjunction with the Earth Repair Foundation, Hazelbrook. "We have researched many food items and packing appropriate for such a store and amongst us are experts who would be willing to advise on organic food standards and the world's best practices associated with natural foods," Mr Raynor said in a letter to Mr Charlie Bell, managing director of McDonald's Australia.
"We are aware that McDonald's served a high carbohydrate, low fat meal, that is presently not available in Australia to the athletes in Atlanta," the letter states. "With the Green Olympics coming to Sydney in the year 2000, the sponsorship of the games by McDonald's will surely come under scrutiny. "Working together we can produce a profitable restaurant dedicated to human health, dietary education, ecological sustainability, fulfilling employment and community well being.
"Your critics will be fewer, and the children of today will have an earth worth inheriting."
'UNIQUENESS UNDER THREAT
While quick to point out new employment opportunities and a payroll of $900,000 per annum in last week's Gazette, McDonald's had made no mention of how much money would leave the area or of the serious impact McDonald's had on local small business.
"Every time someone patronises a fast food chain, they are putting another nail in the coffin of small business. All in the quest for clean toliets, cheap 'junk' food and a place for children's birthday parties!
"With over 500 McDonald's outlets throughout Australia and a corporate plan that no one should be more than five minutes' drive from a McDonald's, those of us who care about the environment, children's health and our unique Australian heritage have every reason to be concerned," said Anne Elliott.
* McDonald's have applied for a store at the Orangery (a listed building), on the south side of Belper.
Tel 01773 821326
- (1) Town Council meeting, Belper - 7pm, Tues 15th Oct
- (2) Sat 19th Oct - petition and info stall on Belper High St
- (3) Borough Council meeting, Ripley (when the final decision on the plan will be made) - Wed 30th Oct