Support voiced for 24-hour Wildridings McDonald's

Published: 1 Mar 2014 12:301 comment

RESIDENTS have backed a fast food restaurant’s plans to open round-the-clock after some neighbours were left fuming by the application.

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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 two-part extension to the building, increasing the dining area in the north western corner and the kitchen area in the south east of the building.

The application for the extension to the existing trading hours has annoyed nearby residents of Arncliffe, Wildridings, who cited noise pollution and both litter and customers parking in their street as being a constant nuisance.

However, a resident of the same road has said she does not see any issue with the application.

Jane Darby-Shearing said: “Although plenty of litter is dropped, the person McDonald’s employs as a litter picker does such a wonderful job. He goes really far out from the restaurant covering Wildridings, Great Hollands and Easthampstead.

“With the number of customers dining between 11pm-5am I very much doubt it will be so busy that they will need to park on our road.”

Nearly 70 people took to the News’s Facebook page to voice their opinions, with the majority very much in favour of the application.

Ben Saunders posted: “Give McDonald’s a break, it is almost 24 hours as it is. Give Bracknell something that doesn’t close at 11.”

Helen Lock added: “Woooo late night munchies! This is great!”

However Milton Lambkin, who also lives in Arncliffe, agreed with those neighbours annoyed by the application.

He said: “Try living right next to it, as I do. My entire street is strewn with rubbish and people park in my garages late at night with their stereos blasting as they tuck into their salty lard bars. If anyone wants a 24-hour fast food place, fine. Just keep it away from residential areas.”

McDonald’s told the News: “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.

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