People living near a proposed new McDonald’s restaurant in Burntwood have raised concerns about the plan. The fast-food chain hopes to create a new drive-thru restaurant on the site of the old Tesco Express store at Sankey’s Corner. Local councillor Helen Fisher was among those who welcomed the application for the development by McDonald’s, which the company says will create around 65 jobs. But local residents are not “lovin’ it” quite so much. In a letter opposing the scheme, one resident wrote: “I am not against a McDonald’s at this site, but I am concerned that granting permission for a drive-thru fast food outlet in the town centre would not be in-keeping with the wishes of the local community. “People loitering or eating outside the McDonald’s in the summer are likely to make a lot of noise. I am extremely worried about this, especially if it is open 24 hours.” Another group of residents living nearby also co-signed a letter voicing their objections. “We will get the smells from cooking and the noise of cars at all hours,” they said. “Will we get a reduction in our council tax as this will devalue our homes?” Other neighbouring homeowners also fear the drive-thru will re-ignite issues with car cruisers. A high court injunction currently prevents vehicles from gathering in areas of Chasetown. But one concerned resident said: “This are is part of the injunction area which is already in place because of problems with boy racers and antisocial behaviour. “We feel that the arrival of a McDonald’s will only add to the existing problems unless steps are taken to prevent this. “We have lived here for 10 years and have had problems in the past, although since the injunction there has been a noticeable difference – we don’t want the arrival of a McDonald’s and any other future developments to cause these problems again. “We understand that the site is going to be developed in the future and don’t have objections to this. We just want assurances that these concerns will be addresed and that if any problems arise in the future then something will be done about them.” Full details of the proposals can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.


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