Residents oppose 24-hour McDonald's in Wildridings
Published: 24 Feb 2014 10:001 comment
The McDonald’s branch next to Mill Pond in Wildridings has applied to Bracknell Forest Council for a premises licence between the hours of 11pm-5am every day for both its ‘drive-thru’ and restaurant.
As it is already open 5am-11pm each day, seven days a week, this would mean both services would be permanently open on a 24-hour basis.
The burger chain has also applied for a small extension to the building.
The extension, split into two parts, would increase the dining area within the restaurant on the north western corner and also the kitchen area in the south east of the building.
The application for an extension to the existing trading hours has annoyed nearby residents, who claim it will further disrupt their lives if it goes ahead. Pat Davies, who lives in Arncliffe, Wildridings, which faces the McDonalds restaurant, has said that her and her neighbours have had to put up with inconsiderate customers since the restaurant opened in 1998.
She claims that rubbish has been left scattered across the complex, while customers tend to use Arncliffe as a car park when the restaurant’s own parking is full.
She adds that noise is also an issue, and claims that if the trading hours were to increase, the problem would only worsen.
She said: “All we get is the noise late into the evening and it is terrible. Customers there use our road for parking and they leave rubbish everywhere because the bins outside the restaurant are overflowing.
“It is a right flipping mess. It is getting on our nerves now and we are just fed up. If the hours are extended then I think it will just make this problem a whole lot worse.”
Mrs Davies also says her neighbours have not been properly consulted about the application, with leaflets only being delivered to a handful of houses in the road.
“They have not even delivered the letters to all the houses in our road and the only reason that our neighbours know is because of word of mouth,” she said.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “I can confirm that we have applied for our restaurant in Wildridings Road, Bracknell, to be allowed to open 24/7.
"Our main priority is to be a good neighbour and our door remains open to any member of the community who has concerns about the impact of our business.”
A consultation concerning the premises licence application runs until Tuesday, March 4.
Anyone wishing to register support or objection to the application can write to: Licensing Team, Bracknell Forest Council, 1st Floor Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD.
Negotiations are ongoing regarding the application for the extension to the restaurant building.