Noise fears over new McDonald’s drive-through

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FAST food giant McDonald’s is hoping to super-size its profits by building a drive-through restaurant in Polegate.

The chain has earmarked land at Cophall Farm, in Hailsham Road, where it wants to build a fast food restaurant with associated parking and landscaping.

If given the go-ahead, the store will employ more than 60 full and part time staff, who will be recruited from Polegate.

But surrounding businesses say the restaurant, which could be open every day from 6am to 11pm, would be a recipe for disaster.

In objections sent to Wealden District Council, a spokesman for The Whitbread Group PLC which operates the nearby Treacle Mine restaurant and Premier Inn hotel said their clients constantly experience problems with anti-social behaviour at other McDonald’s sites.

“Sometimes this emanates directly from McDonald’s sites themselves, other times these are from patrons of the McDonald’s who make their purchases and then come and consume them in our clients’ car park, making a nuisance of themselves by revving car engines, playing loud music and then leaving their litter in our car park,” she said.

“Our clients’ existing and established use must be taken into consideration as failure to do so could be catastrophic for their business.”

Craig White, the manager of the Treacle Mine restaurant and a Polegate resident, is concerned about the amount of traffic the drive-through would generate. “With McDonald’s trade being as much as 90 per cent to drive-through sales alone, the amount of car engines late at night will become an ongoing issue,” he said.

“Anti-social behaviour is a real concern of mine.”

But a McDonald’s spokesman said the chain would benefit the town.

“Being a responsible neighbour is a top priority for McDonald’s.

“Our restaurants work with their local communities to minimise any impact on the local environment and we believe that a new restaurant at this location would offer a convenient choice for customers as well as creating more than 60 jobs, all with access to our award-winning training and career development.”

Members of the public have until April 4 to submit comments to Wealden District Council.