Leyland fast food restaurant gets nod to be open all hours

Approval: Franchisee of Leyland's McDonald's, Nigel Dunnington
Approval: Franchisee of Leyland's McDonald's, Nigel Dunnington
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A Leyland restaurant which was once an anti-social behaviour hotspot in Lancashire Police’s Southern Division has been allowed to operate 24 hours a day.

McDonald’s in Churchill Way was praised last week when a planning committee heard that there have been no significant incidents there in the last year.

South Ribble Council granted the restaurant and drive-through a 12-month trial to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in October last year, and has now given the green light for those hours to operate permanently.

Police and residents had raised concerns about the proposals last year, but 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 chairman 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, who also sits on the committee, added: “I think the key here is that 83 neighbouring properties were informed of this and we haven’t received any responses.”

Franchisee Nigel Dunnington said: “My staff remain committed to being a good and responsible neighbour.”

Planning officers had recommended the application be approved, 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.”