Fylde coast residents not lovin' plans for new McDonalds

The Morrisons in Cleveleys where a McDonald's restaurant is planned
The Morrisons in Cleveleys where a McDonald's restaurant is planned
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They’re not lovin’ it! Residents in Cleveleys are set to oppose plans by burger chain McDonald’s to open a new takeaway on Morrisons car park.

They say a new restaurant on the site would increase traffic problems at the nearby Amounderness roundabout, and cause noise and light pollution.

A planning application had been submitted by the company along with an associated one for signs, but the restaurant bid was removed from Wyre Council’s website as it was not valid.

But McDonald’s ,which has the famous “I’m lovin’ it” jingle sung by Justin Timberlake, said it was making an application for a restaurant on the site.

Residents have set up an online petition against the bid and have vowed to write to the council.

David Taylor, of Osborne Avenue, said: “Many people in the area are unhappy with this.

“I have spoken to people in Radnor Avenue and Victoria Road who will be writing to oppose the plan.

“We think it will cause residents disturbance at night and there are already traffic problems at the roundabout and this will just make things worse.

“That area of land also floods so we think it is not suitable for a McDonalds.”

His wife Rita Taylor who has written to MP Paul Maynard about the issue said: “I have written to object to the signage application and will do so again over the restaurant. It will cause havoc with smells and noise.”

She said residents had to battle with Safeways which had the site before Morrisons to get trees and bushes in to screen neighbouring properties, but these would be no use with a fast food restaurant close to their homes.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have submitted a joint application with Morrisons for a drive thru restaurant on the supermarket car park in Cleveleys. If approved the restaurant would create at least 65 full and part-time jobs.”

A spokesman for Wyre Council confirmed that the original takeaway application was not on its website due to it being flawed. They said: “Any planning application, once it is validly made, will be made public and members of the public will be able to make a comment.”