Longer opening hours for McDonald's

Worcester News: Longer opening hours for McDonald's Longer opening hours for McDonald's

THE opening hours of a McDonald’s will be extended after councillors heard there had not been a single complaint about the restaurant in two years.

Wychavon District Council planning committee were considering a bid by the owners of the McDonald’s, at Wychbold just off the M5 junction 5, to extend hours for both the restaurant and the drive-thru, on a one-year trial basis.

It currently opens 6am until 10.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, and 7am to 10pm Sundays.

The application was to extend hours to 5am to 2am, Mondays to Thursdays, and Sundays, and 24 hours Friday to Saturday, while the drive-thru would shut at 11.30pm.

Councillor Judy Pearce, councillor for the area, said residents had demonstrated “virulent opposition” to the bid.

The council had received 13 letters of objection, plus one from the owners of the neighbouring Holiday Inns Express, raising problems of noise, litter and anti-social behaviour.

However, coun Pearce said she was “disappointed” that having expressed a view to her, none of the residents had turned up to publicly address the council.

“None of the have bothered to come and speak to defend what they’ve been saying to me,” she said.

Ed Baverstock, agent for the applicant, reminded the council that opening hours were extended in 2009, without much incident.

“There have been no logged complaints of noise of anti-social behaviour in the past ten years, and none about litter in the last two,” he said.

Coun Pearce said there had been a change of tone among parish councillors, who now saw McDonalds “favourably”.

She said due to its motorway location “it was an important place for business meetings”, and that “kids in Wychbold have nothing else to do - and in fairness, this is a pretty peaceful place to go.”

Councillors approved the plan by 12 votes, with two abstentions.

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9:56am Mon 12 Nov 12

Frank Gannett says...

How come nobody has complained about how badly these places smell? When you go past the McDonalds in Hylton Road, the stench coming from it is absolutely disgusting, much like the decision here by the Council to allow their new best, non-tax paying buddies to sell more processed junk to kids for longer.
How come nobody has complained about how badly these places smell? When you go past the McDonalds in Hylton Road, the stench coming from it is absolutely disgusting, much like the decision here by the Council to allow their new best, non-tax paying buddies to sell more processed junk to kids for longer. Frank Gannett
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10:37am Mon 12 Nov 12

Frank Gannett says...

A McDonalds quarterpounder is 48% water, going by their own nutritional information.
A McDonalds quarterpounder is 48% water, going by their own nutritional information. Frank Gannett
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10:56am Mon 12 Nov 12

catcostume says...

Good to see a thriving franchise is being allowed to grow. Extra employment and that little bit of extra local economic growth is surely a good thing. Better than reading about another company going under with thousands of job losses.
Good to see a thriving franchise is being allowed to grow. Extra employment and that little bit of extra local economic growth is surely a good thing. Better than reading about another company going under with thousands of job losses. catcostume
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12:56pm Mon 12 Nov 12

pronstar says...

Thriving franchise it may be but at what cost?

I should imagine that once the boy racers start congregating there late at night things won't be so great.
Thriving franchise it may be but at what cost? I should imagine that once the boy racers start congregating there late at night things won't be so great. pronstar
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7:19pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Harveytux says...

The council should look at the opening hours of McDonald in Worcester city centre, 5am closing Thurs, Fri, Sat and 4am the rest of the week only breeds an environment for drunks and idiots to hang around aimlessly and cause problems instead of going home after a night out. McDonalds as a company are so greedy
The council should look at the opening hours of McDonald in Worcester city centre, 5am closing Thurs, Fri, Sat and 4am the rest of the week only breeds an environment for drunks and idiots to hang around aimlessly and cause problems instead of going home after a night out. McDonalds as a company are so greedy Harveytux
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9:23am Tue 13 Nov 12

Frank Gannett says...

McDonalds 'food' has so much water content it is practically impossible to chew properly, making your brain think you haven't ate enough, thereby making you want more! Genius no?
McDonalds 'food' has so much water content it is practically impossible to chew properly, making your brain think you haven't ate enough, thereby making you want more! Genius no? Frank Gannett
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10:44am Tue 13 Nov 12

CJH says...

Frank Gannett wrote:
How come nobody has complained about how badly these places smell? When you go past the McDonalds in Hylton Road, the stench coming from it is absolutely disgusting, much like the decision here by the Council to allow their new best, non-tax paying buddies to sell more processed junk to kids for longer.
Have you complained about it? You seem to complain about everything else. I'm guessing from your username that you are either a failed journalist or a wannabe journalist. Although the real Frank Gannett died in 1957, so possibly you are a ghost writer? Oh dearie me, I make myself laugh sometimes...
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(Frank Gannet founded what is now the largest press/media group in the USA)
[quote][p][bold]Frank Gannett[/bold] wrote: How come nobody has complained about how badly these places smell? When you go past the McDonalds in Hylton Road, the stench coming from it is absolutely disgusting, much like the decision here by the Council to allow their new best, non-tax paying buddies to sell more processed junk to kids for longer.[/p][/quote]Have you complained about it? You seem to complain about everything else. I'm guessing from your username that you are either a failed journalist or a wannabe journalist. Although the real Frank Gannett died in 1957, so possibly you are a ghost writer? Oh dearie me, I make myself laugh sometimes... . (Frank Gannet founded what is now the largest press/media group in the USA) CJH
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