TOWN planners have rejected McDonald’s plans for its Evesham restaurant to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week amid concerns over litter and noise pollution.
As the Observer previously reported, McLean Restaurant Ltd, which owns the franchise, wants to extend the opening hours to bring it into line with the majority of McDonald’s restaurants in the UK.
The restaurant currently opens from 5am until 2am.
However, councillors on Evesham Town Council’s Planning Committee on Monday (August 1) voted to reject changes to the Charity Crescent restaurant’s opening hours, with councillors raising concerns of it being ‘un-neighbourly’ and of an increase in litter and noise pollution.
This is not the final decision, though, as planners at Wychavon District Council will have the final say.
Speaking at the meeting, the Mayor of Evesham, Coun Fred Kaler, said: “I’m not in favour of it. I don’t think it’s going to do much good for the quality of the area and I can’t see the point in it.”
Coun Frances Smith also raised concerns about litter in the area if the restaurant starts serving 24 hours a day.
“Speaking as a District Councillor for that ward we have had complaints about rubbish. It seems to have improved, but I personally don’t think this is a move in the right direction,” she said.
But, defending her planned changes to the opening hours, Sarah McLean, who runs McLean Restaurants Ltd, told the Observer she believes the changes won’t lead to an increase in noise or traffic in the area during the night.
“I expect the additional trade at Evesham to be marginal in the additional early hours,” she said.
“Customers in the main will be people on their way to and from work, the emergency services and people either going on or returning from holiday.
“It’s about providing a consistent brand message and extending and improving the service we offer.
“Above all, I want to continue to be a good neighbour to the local residents.”