Campaign heats up to stop Big Mac plan for third time

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Residents are hoping it will be third time lucky as they brace themselves for another battle with fast-food giant McDonald’s.

Hundreds of residents filed objections to Leeds City Council opposing McDonald’s application to demolish the White Bear pub at Tingley roundabout and build a two-storey restaurant with a drive-through earlier this year.

The planning application was thrown out for the second time by council planners just four months ago.

But campaigners in Tingley, Leeds, are bracing themselves for another battle with the fast-food giant after it recently lodged plans for illuminated signs at the site with Leeds City Council.

Victoria Smith from campaign group Stop Tingley McDonald’s said that residents need to carry on fighting and support the campaign for the third time.

She said: “When I found out I just thought here we go again.

“I would say to residents to please do it again.

“We have won twice before and we have a strong campaign but we need support from people to show the council and McDonald’s that this is not the right site for it.

“It’s not about not liking the organisation.

“It is the wrong site.

“We even got objections from further afield from motorists that use the roundabout and battle with it.”

Among the reasons for the earlier refusal of the application by council planners was the lack of car parking available on the site.

Local councillor Neil Dawson added: “McDonald’s are hoping that our resolve will weaken but I don’t think it will.”

Campaigners will hold a public meeting at Tingley Working Men’s Club on Tuesday at 7.15pm to discuss the campaign.

A spokesman from McDonald’s said: “We have listened to the concerns raised by residents and the council about our original plans.

“Our revised plans take these concerns into account and we have made some significant changes.”

The company hopes to create 65 full- and part-time jobs.

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