McDonald’s wants to open Carlisle restaurant for 20 hours a day
Last updated at 11:54, Wednesday, 21 March 2012
McDonald's wants to open one of its drive-through restaurants for 20 hours each day.
The company has applied for planning permission to allow its Kingstown, Carlisle, outlet to trade from 5am to 1am for an experimental 12-month period.
At present, the site can open only between 6am and midnight.
Previous attempts to extend the hours ran into opposition from local residents concerned about noise and litter.
There were three objections when McDonald’s was granted an extension from 11pm to midnight last March.
John Cocker, of Kingstown Road, said: “I do not consider it very fair our night-time peace should be damaged by a take-away food outlet until midnight.”
His neighbour Henry Goodwin said: “This will create more noise and nuisance for residents and there will be a bigger problem with litter as there is no one picking up litter during unsocial hours.
“It blows everywhere, especially into people’s gardens.”
Richard Beardsley, also of Kingstown Road, wrote: “McDonald’s have done nothing to reduce the amount of litter.”
McDonald's agent, Baldip Basi, has suggested a year-long trial of 5am-1am trading to allow Carlisle City Council to monitor any problems.
His letter to the council says: “In order to overcome the concerns of both [council] members and local residents, the application only seeks planning permission for a temporary period to allow monitoring.
“The nearest residential property is situated some 110 metres to the south east on Kingstown Road.
“Any increased noise from plant or vehicles will be negligible at this distance.”
When planning permission for the restaurant was first granted in 1997, hours were limited to 7am to 11pm.
Councillors threatened legal action in 2005 after it emerged that McDonald’s was flouting this condition by opening from 6.30am to midnight. However, they agreed to allow it to open at 6.30am and last year they extended the hours further.
First published at 11:26, Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Craig, I agree, they should do something. A day or so after the McDonalds opened in Penrith there was discarded packaging on the roadside, now all the rural roads and car parks out of town are littered with fast food wrappers. I'd make driver throughs write the registration number on all the items they sell, then if the driver litters the police know who to fine. It does show though how many scummy people live in this County, too lazy to dispose of their amazing health feast wrappers properly they throw them out of the window for some other person to clean up.
Every route you take out of the North of Carlisle is littered with discarded takeaway packaging with the bulk of it carrying the McDonalds livery. If it were up to me I would let them open 24 hours as long as they undertake to carry out DAILY patrols along these routes picking up the refuse that blights our beautiful county.
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