Plan for 24-hour McDonald’s is on menu once again

Opening plans: Nigel Dunnington who runs the Leyland McDonald's
Opening plans: Nigel Dunnington who runs the Leyland McDonald's

Controversial plans for Leyland’s McDonald’s to open 24 hours a day have made a comeback.

Franchisee Nigel Dunnington first submitted a planning application to South Ribble Council to increase the opening hours of the restaurant and drive-through in Churchill Way in June last year.

The proposals were withdrawn before a decision could be made following complaints from the police, residents and councillors about the effect the scheme could have on anti-social behaviour, noise and litter issues.

But now, after making a number of improvements at the restaurant to tackle the problems, and getting support from more than a thousand customers, Mr Dunnington has submitted a new version of the application.

In new planning documents, which will go before the council’s planning committee, Mr Dunnington said: “After consulting widely with residents and other stakeholders, I decided to withdraw the 2012 application in order to address concerns raised by some that we spoke to.

“Since then, my team and I have taken major steps to discourage anti-social behaviour, litter dropping and noise, all with significant success.”

These changes include installing Staff Safe – ‘an in store security device which improves the safety of staff and customers should an incident arise’; a new digital CCTV system to cover the car park and drive-through area; a more comprehensive training system for conflict management; and a policy for managing the toilets to reduce the risk of them being used for anti-social behaviour, resulting in the toilets now being locked from 8pm, with customers having to request a key to use them.

Staff also gathered signatures for a petition at the restaurant during December 2012 and January this year, which stated: “I support McDonald’s Leyland being granted permission to open 24/7”.

In total, 1,127 people signed the petition. Of the 1,109 respondents who provided their addresses, 621 came from Leyland, and 1,033 came from the wider Preston area.

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