McDonald’s is now trouble-free

Nigel Dunnington, the franchisee at McDonald's, Leyland
Nigel Dunnington, the franchisee at McDonald's, Leyland
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A Leyland restaurant which was last year classed as the ‘number one’ anti-social behaviour hotspot in the police’s Southern Division, has not generated any serious complaints in 12 months.

When the franchisee of the town’s McDonald’s, Nigel Dunnington, applied for permission from South Ribble Council to operate 24 hours a day for seven days a week last October, police and residents raised concerns.

Mr Dunnington was granted a 12-month trial period and recently applied for permanent approval.

At a planning committee meeting last week, councillors were told that during the trial, there were no crimes or incidents ‘of note’, and the environmental health team hadn’t received any noise complaints either.

The scheme was unanimously voted through, with vice chair of the committee, Coun Caroline Moon, saying: “It speaks for itself really.

“We gave them 12 months to see how they got on, and I can’t see why we shouldn’t allow this permanently.”

Leyland councillor Fred Heyworth added: “I think the key here is that 83 neighbouring properties were informed of this and we haven’t received any responses.”

Planning officers had recommended approval, and documents which went before the committee added: “McDonald’s has consulted with local policing teams to resolve anti-social behaviour in the vicinity and the restaurant has been fitted with advanced security systems.

“In addition to this, community litter initiatives inhibit impact in the area, and speed bumps have been installed to offer traffic calming within the site.”