Concerns raised over plans for another McDonalds – Rugby Lib Dems
By Rugby Lib Dems
Originally published by Rugby Liberal Democrats
Rugby Liberal Democrats are very concerned about a planning application for a drive through McDonalds on the former Gala Bingo Site at Evreux Way and have 'called in' the application to the Planning Committee.
The site is identified in the existing Town Centre Core Strategy as a major redevelopment site. It is also in the emerging Local Plan as a prime leisure and retail venue.
There are concerns about access and egress to the site. The proposed road will cut across existing traffic flow causing traffic congestion between the existing pelican crossing and cars accessing and exiting from Cemex House.
The location is currently used as a temporary car park. Rugby Lib Dems have previously called for the area to be used as a bus terminal to improve footfall and transport links into and out of the town centre.
Commenting, Councillor Noreen New (Paddox Ward), said:
"The site is close to many school routes and the park. It will not encourage healthy living and may even contribute to childhood obesity, because it's easier to get fast food than cook a healthy balanced meal. I'm also concerned about the potential for increased litter in the town centre and the residential areas nearby."
Councillor Marion Nash (Rokeby & Overslade), added:
"This is not the type of development that we want to see on this important site in Rugby town centre. Should this planning application be approved and implemented, one of the first things that visitors will see on arrival to Rugby is a major McDonalds drive-through, which does not reflect the diversity and culture that abounds within the town and is so valued by the local community."
Planning Application R17 / 0971 http://bit.ly/2BDbuny