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Parents say York fast food restaurant plans should be blocked
11:20am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
PARENTS are opposing plans for a new drive-through fast food restaurant on the edge of York ahead of a decision on the scheme being made today.
Proposals by the Skelwith Group to demolish the Wills and Ellis garage on Boroughbridge Road, near the new Park&Ride site at Poppleton Bar, and replace it with the restaurant, a larger filling station and a shop will be debated by City of York Council's area planning sub-committee.
However, a group of local parents are among those who have objected to the scheme, which has drawn 26 letters of opposition.
One of them, Poppleton resident Helen Woodall, said in her letter to council planners: "The horror of children having to cross busy roads [to get to the restaurant after school] just doesn't bear thinking about - the roads are already very difficult to cross on foot, even without extra traffic.
"The new Park&Ride will only make traffic worse, and with the addition of a KFC at Clifton Moor and three existing McDonald's, surely we don't need another one so close."
Objectors have also claimed the scheme would lead to trouble from late-night drinkers, cause noise and litter and be out of character with the area. Upper Poppleton Parish Council is among those which has said the proposals should be rejected, although they have been recommended for approval by planning officers ahead of today's meeting.
The scheme's architects have said the development would be designed in a way which did not harm the appearance of the surrounding countryside and would provide facilities for the local community, with planners saying its access arrangements would improve traffic flow in the area. If the scheme goes ahead, it is expected to create 15 full and part-time jobs.
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