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Fast-food bid would be divisive in town

Jenna Carroll from the McDonalds Restaurant at the Deepdale Retail Park has been selected to work at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

Jenna Carroll from the McDonalds Restaurant at the Deepdale Retail Park has been selected to work at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

The possibility of a McDonald’s in Alnwick, even at an out-of-town site, continues to divide opinion among residents of the town.

Earlier this month, the Gazette reported that while there are no confirmed plans, the fast-food giant does have its eye on a restaurant in Alnwick.

Plus, there is an extant outline planning permission, which was approved as part of the development of the new petrol station at Cawledge.

Under the conditions, a detailed application would have to be submitted by November next year.

And the potenial for a new restaurant continues to spark debate among our readers on social media.

Those in favour of the company coming to town tend to either favour the jobs it will create or feel that Alnwick needs to move with the times.

On Facebook, Kal Robert Scott said: “Alnwick is a town for the oldies so bringing stuff like Maccy ds is the opposite of a problem.”

Craig Michael Connor shared his view, saying: “To be honest there is nothing in Alnwick for young people... People would rather travel to Newcastle than shop in the local business, half of the shops are empty anyways due to such high rent.”

Others disagree though, with Sharon Williams saying she hopes Alnwick doesn’t get a McDonald’s as ‘all the small cafe businesses will go bust’.

But Gary Brown said it was simply ‘survival of the fittest’. “If you can’t compete with them or Wetherspoons – which will be coming as well – it’s time you packed up and did something else. Sign of the times,” he added.

And Victoria Dollin went further: “Think Alnwick needs to be heading the same way as Berwick! They have got great in & out-of-town shopping, lots more choices, at least four petrol stations & a maccy ds!”

One of the major concerns for the naysayers was litter.

On Twitter, @re_cooke wrote: “If it’s anything like the one near where I live, you’ll have lots of McRubbish thrown from cars forever more.”

But on Facebook, Martin Quince suggested that litter is not a problem exclusive to McDonald’s: “Alnwick has pizza shops, Chinese takeaways, Indians, chip shops, kebab shops, Subway... Hardly anything new is it? Just because it is McDonald’s! How many jobs will it create for the town?”

l The Gazette is running a poll on its website, go to www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk and click on the news section to have your say.

 

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