Campaigners urge residents to join next stage of fight against McDonald's

January 31 2017

FISHPONDS residents are being invited to renew their opposition to the McDonald’s drive-through restaurant at a meeting later this month.

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FISHPONDS residents are being invited to renew their opposition to the McDonald’s drive-through restaurant at a meeting later this month.

NoMacInF secretary Clare Fowle said the meeting, on Saturday February 25 at 10.30am in All Saints Community Hall, Grove Road, will provide a chance for people to get together ahead of the appeal hearing in April.

“We hope people will be able to take time out from shopping and other Saturday chores to come and find out what is happening about the planning appeal,” she said.

McDonald’s has appealed against Bristol City Council’s 2015 decision to reject the company's plans for a 165-seater, two-storey restaurant open 24 hours a day on the Bristol Tile Warehouse site on Fishponds Road.

A planning inquiry scheduled for November last year had to be postponed when the McDonald’s barrister was taken ill. 

The six-day appeal will now be heard from Thursday 20 April 20 in the Council House (City Hall).

“No doubt McDonald’s hope local people will give up on it because the saga has dragged on so long,” said mother-of-two Claire.

"In fact people have been fundraising over the Christmas period and we are more determined than ever to make sure we keep the McDonald’s footprint off the Fishponds Road.”

A fundraising night at the Star pub, next to the appeal site, and an online crowd funding scheme have brought in hundreds of pounds. The money goes towards printing and other costs associated with the appeal.

“Our energy and commitment have not flagged," said NoMacInF chair Mike Jempson. “Although no new evidence can be presented to the planning inquiry, anyone who wants to address the planning inspector can turn up on the first day and ask to be heard. We believe a more productive and socially acceptable use of the site will be found, and are keen to hear from those with alternative proposals.”

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