Leeds residents oppose McDonalds restaurant plan

PROTEST: Residents objecting to plans for a McDonald's in the car park of the White Bear Inn, Tingley. PIC: James Hardisty
PROTEST: Residents objecting to plans for a McDonald's in the car park of the White Bear Inn, Tingley. PIC: James Hardisty
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Plans for a 24-hour fast food restaurant have left a bad taste in the mouth of Leeds residents.

People living close to the proposed site – in the car park of the White Bear pub off Tingley roundabout – claim the new McDonald’s outlet will lead to a major increase in traffic and parking problems.

They are also concerned about the potential disturbance caused by deliveries and round-the-clock diners.

And they fear that the restaurant – which will be visible from the nearby M62 motorway – will see the site become an unofficial service station.

McDonald’s, however, says it will work to limit the impact on the community and points out the development would create up to 65 new jobs for the area.

Residents are being backed in their opposition to the restaurant by local councillor Neil Dawson.

He is urging people to make their voice heard before the plans go before Leeds City Council in a few weeks’ time.

Coun Dawson (Lab, Morley South) said: “The proposed restaurant is very close to a number of properties and because it is a 24-hour operation, people are naturally worried about the potential for disturbance around the clock.

“As well as that, there’s the increased traffic levels and issues with parking – there are already problems with people using the pub parking on nearby residential streets because there is a charge for the pub car park.

“People are not opposed to a McDonald’s restaurant in principle, they just feel this is the wrong location and somewhere like Morley town centre would be better.”

Victoria Smith, of nearby Oban Close, is one of the key campaigners.

She said: “We now have petitions that will be sent around and will also be online. We’re getting out to spread the word to as many people as possible. We need to bombard the council with objections.”

A spokeswoman for McDonald’s told the YEP: “If our application is approved we will be looking to open a drive-through restaurant that would offer a convenient service to customers and create around 65 new jobs in the process.

“As a business which is part of local communities up and down the country, we would like to reassure local residents that we want to work with them and our door is always open if anyone would like to discuss any concerns.

“Our restaurant teams carry out litter patrols three times a day and we work hard to ensure our day-to-day business does not impact on our residential neighbours.”

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