Noise fears over longer hours at Ewood McDonald's branch

First published in Blackburn by , Reporter

COUNCILLORS are being urged to approve early morning opening at a McDonald’s branch in Ewood, Blackburn despite residents’ noise concerns.

The Livesey Branch restaurant is looking to extend its opening hours by four hours to 5am til 2am.

The Ewood Community Association has objected to the changes in hours because of the disruption they suspect will be caused by customer and delivery vehicles.

Brian Todd, the association’s chairman, said: “Any car that comes down the road after 12 at night or before 7am will definitely disturb us as it is usually so quiet then.

“If it turns out our suspicions are correct then we will be approaching the council to ask them to renege on the decision to pass the changes.”

A spokesman for McDonalds said: “We want to serve our customers at the times that suit them.

“Offering extended hours allows us to provide a convenient choice for our customers but our main priority is to be a good and responsible neighbour.

“Prior to submitting the application, a noise survey was carried out in the area to ensure that longer opening hours do not adversely affect residents.

“We also encourage our customers to be considerate to our neighbours when ordering their food and on leaving the restaurant.

“Whatever our opening hours may be we will continue to work closely with any member of the community who has concerns about the impact of our business.”

Coun Florence Oldfield said: “I can see why there has been an objection to it.I would be bothered by the noise if I lived right nearby, because there will inevitably be an increase in traffic.”

Coun Maureen Bateson said: “Ewood is a very busy area and the residents put up with a lot of noise.

“At the moment, we don’t know how much disruption the extended hours will attract and if the people will cause a nuisance.”

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4:28pm Wed 23 Jan 13

kojak1010 says...

don't approve it - makes the nation unhealthy with rubbish cardboard tasting food!
don't approve it - makes the nation unhealthy with rubbish cardboard tasting food! kojak1010
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4:42pm Wed 23 Jan 13

mavrick says...

Why would it be necessary to open until 2 am? it is going to become a meeting place for the younger generation.
Why would it be necessary to open until 2 am? it is going to become a meeting place for the younger generation. mavrick
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5:44pm Wed 23 Jan 13

shytalk says...

Where the hell are they going to find all the horses from to supply Macdonalds etc with burgers if they open longer hours?
Where the hell are they going to find all the horses from to supply Macdonalds etc with burgers if they open longer hours? shytalk
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5:52pm Wed 23 Jan 13

N4you! says...

shytalk wrote:
Where the hell are they going to find all the horses from to supply Macdonalds etc with burgers if they open longer hours?
more sheep rustling
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Where the hell are they going to find all the horses from to supply Macdonalds etc with burgers if they open longer hours?[/p][/quote]more sheep rustling N4you!
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6:37pm Wed 23 Jan 13

martin.cat says...

Might is right

Noise may not be too big a problem if the car cruisers are kept at bay

The biggest problem by far is rubbish. The area resembles a tip at times

MacDonald's should take ownership and responsibility of the problem and collect / clean up outside when then close .

Alternatively the council should do it and charge the full cost.
Might is right Noise may not be too big a problem if the car cruisers are kept at bay The biggest problem by far is rubbish. The area resembles a tip at times MacDonald's should take ownership and responsibility of the problem and collect / clean up outside when then close . Alternatively the council should do it and charge the full cost. martin.cat
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7:01pm Wed 23 Jan 13

real betis hotpot says...

martin.cat wrote:
Might is right

Noise may not be too big a problem if the car cruisers are kept at bay

The biggest problem by far is rubbish. The area resembles a tip at times

MacDonald's should take ownership and responsibility of the problem and collect / clean up outside when then close .

Alternatively the council should do it and charge the full cost.
Alternatively the people who drop the rubbish could put it in a bin or is this too much to hope for?
[quote][p][bold]martin.cat[/bold] wrote: Might is right Noise may not be too big a problem if the car cruisers are kept at bay The biggest problem by far is rubbish. The area resembles a tip at times MacDonald's should take ownership and responsibility of the problem and collect / clean up outside when then close . Alternatively the council should do it and charge the full cost.[/p][/quote]Alternatively the people who drop the rubbish could put it in a bin or is this too much to hope for? real betis hotpot
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7:10pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Chris P Bacon says...

You can imagine how the precious silence enjoyed by several hundred people during 'games' at Ewok Park being disturbed will make them all 'tut'.
You can imagine how the precious silence enjoyed by several hundred people during 'games' at Ewok Park being disturbed will make them all 'tut'. Chris P Bacon
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7:32pm Wed 23 Jan 13

julespent says...

Not sure if there will be much more traffic at those times, most people are in bed. Unless they have just done a night shift and go in for breakfast. Dont think many youngsters will be out at 2 am apart from maybe the weekend but most go out of town for a night out. Lets face it they are not peak times. Will create more jobs too.
Not sure if there will be much more traffic at those times, most people are in bed. Unless they have just done a night shift and go in for breakfast. Dont think many youngsters will be out at 2 am apart from maybe the weekend but most go out of town for a night out. Lets face it they are not peak times. Will create more jobs too. julespent
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12:57am Thu 24 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

QUOTE:

Any car that comes down the road after 12 at night or before 7am will definitely disturb us as it is usually so quiet then.

What are you morons trying to tell us that no cars go along Bolton Rd or Lives branch Rd during the early hours.
QUOTE: Any car that comes down the road after 12 at night or before 7am will definitely disturb us as it is usually so quiet then. What are you morons trying to tell us that no cars go along Bolton Rd or Lives branch Rd during the early hours. 2 for 5p
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7:49am Thu 24 Jan 13

GrindletonBob says...

There is one near certainty here, the Council will approve it - they usually do. The LT would struggle to find many stories when the Council have actually listened to the views of local residents, i.e. those people who voted the Councillors in!

Wait and see and watch it get approved!
There is one near certainty here, the Council will approve it - they usually do. The LT would struggle to find many stories when the Council have actually listened to the views of local residents, i.e. those people who voted the Councillors in! Wait and see and watch it get approved! GrindletonBob
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10:48am Thu 24 Jan 13

shytalk says...

N4you! wrote:
shytalk wrote:
Where the hell are they going to find all the horses from to supply Macdonalds etc with burgers if they open longer hours?
more sheep rustling
Less dogs and cats on the streets of Blackburn perhaps
[quote][p][bold]N4you![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Where the hell are they going to find all the horses from to supply Macdonalds etc with burgers if they open longer hours?[/p][/quote]more sheep rustling[/p][/quote]Less dogs and cats on the streets of Blackburn perhaps shytalk
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