Safety concerns at McDonald’s site

November 29 2018

NEIGHBOURS of a controversial McDonald’s restaurant being built in Fishponds have raised safety concerns after broken glass fell into a children’s play area.

Eimear Hawes, who runs the Star pub next to the site on Fishponds Road, has had to close the play area in the garden after shards of glass from a window in a building being demolished on the McDonald’s site landed there.

Other people living near the site have raised concerns over the removal asbestos which has been found in the roof and guttering of the former Bristol Tile Company building.

Eimear said his brother Oisin, who owns the Star, made it clear about six months ago that they did not want to demolition work to impact on their business and asked contractors to secure glass panels on the building before they fell out: a request followed up in writing three times by solicitors.

Despite this, the glass was not secured and crashed into the play area, which has now had to be closed off. Although as much glass as they could find was removed by Eimear and his staff, he believes there could be more in the grass.

He and his brother are waiting for McDonald’s to propose a satisfactory arrangement for removing the glass and the wall of the building which borders the pub’s garden.

Eimear said: “It’s prudent to close the play area down for the moment until we know what they are going to do.”

Residents writing on the Say No to McDonald’s in Fishponds Facebook page have raised concerns that asbestos could fall from the building and break.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We’re aware of some complaints made about our Fishponds development, but we are confident that all work being carried out by our contractors is being done so in a professional manner and in the confines of our property and land.

“Asbestos was found on the site which we are developing; safety is our paramount concern and it is important that its removal is carried out by certified and specialist contractors.

“The majority of this has been removed, and we are now addressing the final elements. This has been done in accordance with the appropriate guidelines and regulations.”

Complaints have also been made to the Health and Safety Executive about work at the site. 

An HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of the concerns raised and making enquiries.”

The two-storey drive-through McDonald's restaurant and takeaway  is due to open next year.