Fishponds Road is not the right place for a drive-thru McDonald's - residents

March 31 2017

PEOPLE living opposite the Fishponds site that McDonald's wants to turn into a large drive-thru and restaurant have united to oppose the plan.

PEOPLE living opposite the Fishponds site that McDonald's wants to turn into a large drive-thru and restaurant have united to oppose the plan.
Geoffrey Barnes, of Dunkirk Road, has collected 124 signatures from residents in Drummond Road and  Midland Terrace, who fear it will have a negative impact.
“We are objecting to the McDonald's plan on the grounds that it will bring additional congestion, pollution, noise and inconvenience to our area,” he said.
Mr Barnes spoke to 131 people about the proposals and only two were in favour of McDonald's moving in to the old tyre warehouse. Five preferred not to sign, making 94 per cent who supported his petition.
He said many people, including himself,  had no objection to the fast food chain, but thought Fishponds Road was the wrong place for a drive-thru, takeaway and restaurant.
The proposals include a traffic island in the middle of the road, which would make it virtually impossible for people to turn right out of Drummond Road towards the shops, doctors and dentists in Fishponds centre, he said. Drivers would have to turn left and then right into Brentry Road for a rat run that would increase traffic on roads behind the site.
Mr Barnes, who joined more than 100 protesters in a colourful march from the site along Fishponds Road, said: “McDonald's should not be allowed to ride roughshod over the expressed wishes of the local community.”
A planning inquiry into McDonald's appeal against Bristol City Council's refusal of  permission for the development opens at City Hall on April 20.
Mike Jempson, chairman of Say No to McDonald's in Fishponds, said many more people had stated their intention to address the planning inspector with their concerns. Mr Jempson and Peter Tickner will put forward the NoMacinF case at the six-day hearing.
He said he was pleased with the turnout for the demonstration, which also received strong support from drivers tooting their car horns.
"It was great to see so many people, including children, taking part, and there was a fun atmosphere," he said.