Residents flip over 24hr McDonald’s bid

United in opposition – neighbours of McDonald’sMukesh Patel, Karen Lowe, Ian Lowe, Vivienne Chapman and Tina Tait

United in opposition – neighbours of McDonald’sMukesh Patel, Karen Lowe, Ian Lowe, Vivienne Chapman and Tina Tait

First published in Echo News by

ANGRY residents are objecting to plans for a fast food restaurant to open aroundthe- clock.

McDonald’s has asked Basildon Council for permission to turn its Laindon branch, at the Fortune of War roundabout on the A127, into a 24-hour drivethrough.

Tina Tait, 53, and neighbour Vivienne Chapman are planning to start a petition fighting the proposals.

They are fed up with customers parking outside their homes, and claim rubbish being dumped has caused a rat infestation.

Mrs Tait, of High Road North, said: “I’m not very happy.

“McDonald’s is good at coming round and picking up rubbish, but we always wake up to burger wrappers outside our house.

“We’ve got a problem with rats in the garden, and it seems a bit too much of a coincidence.

“It’s only going to get worse if it opens 24 hours a day.

“Since we moved here, six years ago, they have gradually asked to stay open longer and longer.

“We feel like we’re fighting a losing battle.”

If the plans are approved it would be the third fast food restaurant in Basildon to open 24/7 – joining the McDonald’s and Mayflower Retail Park and the McDonald’s at Festival Leisure.

However, residents are objecting because, unlike the others, the Laindon branch is not on a retail park.

Mrs Chapman, 49, said: “We’re in a residential area, and are very close to McDonald’s.

“There is no need for it to be 24 hours, there is already one just up the road at Festival Leisure Park.

“We have got no problem with it being there, but they are just taking liberties now.

“When we moved here it was open until 10pm, but it has gradually got longer.

“This is going to devalue my house.”

In November, Basildon Council granted permission for the McDonald’s branch to open until midnight, for a trial period of six months.

Planning officers felt this would allow them to see how the late-night opening affected surrounding residents.

The chain has now applied for permanent permission, and asked for the drive-through to stay open while the restaurant closes between midnight and 6am. Paul Magner, 61, has lived in High Road North for 22 years.

He said: “I work strange hours, and there is always noise coming from McDonald’s and people parked outside my house eating their food.

“I wouldn’t say it has got much worse since it has been open until midnight.

“My main concern with McDonald’s being open 24/7 is whether it will affect my house price, because we’re looking at moving.”

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10:12am Thu 24 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Moan Moan Moan Moan. That's all what people seem to do now days. The one on the right looks like she is a regular at McDonalds anyway.
Moan Moan Moan Moan. That's all what people seem to do now days. The one on the right looks like she is a regular at McDonalds anyway. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -6

10:14am Thu 24 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Be quite nice to pop into there for a burger at 3.30 in the morning, on my way to Billingsgate market...I'd sound my horn to say thanks, as I leave.
Be quite nice to pop into there for a burger at 3.30 in the morning, on my way to Billingsgate market...I'd sound my horn to say thanks, as I leave. sesibollox
  • Score: 5

10:30am Thu 24 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

"They are fed up with customers parking outside their homes"

Do they own the road?

"My main concern with McDonald’s being open 24/7 is whether it will affect my house price, because we’re looking at moving"

Idiot.
"They are fed up with customers parking outside their homes" Do they own the road? "My main concern with McDonald’s being open 24/7 is whether it will affect my house price, because we’re looking at moving" Idiot. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 1

10:40am Thu 24 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

consider it a blessing...... late night out, chinese shut, indian shut, the remnants of the doner stick looking well past it's best...... that "big" mac with large fries could be just the ticket, at 2 in the morning, to tide you over until the full english...
consider it a blessing...... late night out, chinese shut, indian shut, the remnants of the doner stick looking well past it's best...... that "big" mac with large fries could be just the ticket, at 2 in the morning, to tide you over until the full english... pembury53
  • Score: -1

11:12am Thu 24 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

They look like they would be happy with a 24 hour service.

People should stop moaning about these things, if they dont like basildon, they should move further into north essex lots of quite places about where they wont be bothered with modern life.
They look like they would be happy with a 24 hour service. People should stop moaning about these things, if they dont like basildon, they should move further into north essex lots of quite places about where they wont be bothered with modern life. supermadmax
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

rayleigh123 says...

“McDonald’s is good at coming round and picking up rubbish, but we always wake up to burger wrappers outside our house.

What is it ????????????????
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“McDonald’s is good at coming round and picking up rubbish, but we always wake up to burger wrappers outside our house. What is it ???????????????? . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Thu 24 Apr 14

NotoKFC says...

https://www.facebook
.com/#!/kfclaindon
https://www.facebook .com/#!/kfclaindon NotoKFC
  • Score: -2

2:35pm Thu 24 Apr 14

FBDave says...

I live about 50 feet away from this McDonalds; we never hear any noise (over and above road noise on the A127), there is minimal rubbish around our street (no more than any other street); as they say there is a regular rubbish patrol who clean the streets anyway. I have never seen the road gridlocked with cars, as the place has a car park, and the majority of people use the drive through and then are on their way down the A127.

In the past, I have had more troublesome neighbours than McDonalds !!
I live about 50 feet away from this McDonalds; we never hear any noise (over and above road noise on the A127), there is minimal rubbish around our street (no more than any other street); as they say there is a regular rubbish patrol who clean the streets anyway. I have never seen the road gridlocked with cars, as the place has a car park, and the majority of people use the drive through and then are on their way down the A127. In the past, I have had more troublesome neighbours than McDonalds !! FBDave
  • Score: 10

7:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Steve H says...

How can people block residential streets by parking? To get to a residential street it is a good trip away from this McDonalds!

With regards the rubbish, I agree with the residents, rubbish patrol won't start until mid morning, most of the rubbish is left by those that visit at night, plenty time for vermin to investigate.
How can people block residential streets by parking? To get to a residential street it is a good trip away from this McDonalds! With regards the rubbish, I agree with the residents, rubbish patrol won't start until mid morning, most of the rubbish is left by those that visit at night, plenty time for vermin to investigate. Steve H
  • Score: 2

9:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

FBDave says...

Steve H wrote:
How can people block residential streets by parking? To get to a residential street it is a good trip away from this McDonalds!

With regards the rubbish, I agree with the residents, rubbish patrol won't start until mid morning, most of the rubbish is left by those that visit at night, plenty time for vermin to investigate.
Steve H

FYI; I drove to the station from my house this morning; leaving the house at 6am. The rubbish patrol was already up near the Costcutter in Osier Drive, so they must have started around 5:30 I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: How can people block residential streets by parking? To get to a residential street it is a good trip away from this McDonalds! With regards the rubbish, I agree with the residents, rubbish patrol won't start until mid morning, most of the rubbish is left by those that visit at night, plenty time for vermin to investigate.[/p][/quote]Steve H FYI; I drove to the station from my house this morning; leaving the house at 6am. The rubbish patrol was already up near the Costcutter in Osier Drive, so they must have started around 5:30 I reckon. FBDave
  • Score: 5

9:58am Fri 25 Apr 14

arram says...

they will say they are giving a service...this could be possibly so...but they must also consider the local environment and the comfort of the local community.....24/7 eating establishments do have their place in todays modern society .....on motorways etc....
they will say they are giving a service...this could be possibly so...but they must also consider the local environment and the comfort of the local community.....24/7 eating establishments do have their place in todays modern society .....on motorways etc.... arram
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

More opportunities to eat unhealthy food and get fat.
More opportunities to eat unhealthy food and get fat. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

beppo1 says...

How does one get to a motorway eating establishment without a car? !!!
How does one get to a motorway eating establishment without a car? !!! beppo1
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Steve H says...

FBDave wrote:
Steve H wrote:
How can people block residential streets by parking? To get to a residential street it is a good trip away from this McDonalds!

With regards the rubbish, I agree with the residents, rubbish patrol won't start until mid morning, most of the rubbish is left by those that visit at night, plenty time for vermin to investigate.
Steve H

FYI; I drove to the station from my house this morning; leaving the house at 6am. The rubbish patrol was already up near the Costcutter in Osier Drive, so they must have started around 5:30 I reckon.
Thank you, that is good that the rubbish patrol starts so early. I often have to pass a McDonalds in the early morning (pre 6am) and the litter around this particular branch is awful.
[quote][p][bold]FBDave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: How can people block residential streets by parking? To get to a residential street it is a good trip away from this McDonalds! With regards the rubbish, I agree with the residents, rubbish patrol won't start until mid morning, most of the rubbish is left by those that visit at night, plenty time for vermin to investigate.[/p][/quote]Steve H FYI; I drove to the station from my house this morning; leaving the house at 6am. The rubbish patrol was already up near the Costcutter in Osier Drive, so they must have started around 5:30 I reckon.[/p][/quote]Thank you, that is good that the rubbish patrol starts so early. I often have to pass a McDonalds in the early morning (pre 6am) and the litter around this particular branch is awful. Steve H
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LoopyLou88 says...

This will create jobs. something Essex needs. Jobs. I'm all for it.
This will create jobs. something Essex needs. Jobs. I'm all for it. LoopyLou88
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

jb411 says...

Im wondering will they get that many cars throughout the night during the week, I doubt it. Why are the cars parked on the streets when they have a carpark? I expect most use the drive through anyway that time of night so I doubt there are that many cars, they have litter patrols too. Ask the council for a council tax reduction if it's that bad.
Im wondering will they get that many cars throughout the night during the week, I doubt it. Why are the cars parked on the streets when they have a carpark? I expect most use the drive through anyway that time of night so I doubt there are that many cars, they have litter patrols too. Ask the council for a council tax reduction if it's that bad. jb411
  • Score: 1

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