Security to be scaled back at McDonald's restaurant

McDonald's in Blake Street, York

McDonald's in Blake Street, York

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SECURITY provision is set to be scaled back at a York fast food restaurant.

Door staff at McDonald's in Blake Street currently work at the restaurant between midnight and 5am, Wednesdays to Sundays, and following the arrival of the new franchise holder John Atherton, a second shift was introduced to ensure security at the premises between 4pm and 11pm.

However, from next week, the time spent by door staff at the venue is set to reduce by 90 minutes a day, meaning there will be 2.5 hours when the doors will be unmanned.

Mr Atherton, who has run the franchise for about three months, said the safety of his staff and customers was his "absolute priority", and he had increased door staff provision to the late afternoon and early evening to address public concerns, but confirmed the reduction of hours.

He said: "Having monitored the situation carefully over the past three months, the number of incidents in the evenings have reduced, so we have taken the decision to adjust slightly the hours our early evening security staff work to 4pm to 9.30pm. During the overnight period on Wednesday through to Saturday we will continue to have door security staff in place between midnight and 5am.

"I remain committed to helping reduce anti-social behaviour in the area and addressing concerns that residents have. We will continue to review our security requirements very carefully and make any necessary adjustments should they be required."

City of York Council leader James Alexander last year wrote to the restaurant after what he called "intolerable" behaviour by its late night customers, and the restaurant was ordered to reduce its opening hours, before a technicality meant it could return to 24-hour opening.

Yesterday, he said: "I have had several meetings with McDonalds in Blake Street and to be fair to them, they have been working positively with the council, residents and police to address the issues I and others have previously raised.

"It must be said though, McDonalds didn't get the people drunk who are attending their restaurant and creating antisocial behaviour. I am keen on the council taking more robust action against licensees who are selling alcohol to people they are know are intoxicated."

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11:27am Fri 18 Jul 14

anti-rant says...

Click-bait!
Click-bait! anti-rant
  • Score: 8

1:59pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Maquis says...

Lets remember to punish the pubs because of the kids who are drunk on cheap bottles of cider and hang around outside on their bikes at midnight, going inside only to use the toilet and abuse the customers.
Lets remember to punish the pubs because of the kids who are drunk on cheap bottles of cider and hang around outside on their bikes at midnight, going inside only to use the toilet and abuse the customers. Maquis
  • Score: 10

4:13pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Pity no one can stop people gathering around the Outlet, give the whole area a bad impression, I know nothing in the law states anything can be done .
Pity no one can stop people gathering around the Outlet, give the whole area a bad impression, I know nothing in the law states anything can be done . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Fri 18 Jul 14

piemagico says...

In next week's York retail staffing update, we find out the latest headcount trends in the menswear section at John Lewis, and discover why Dorreen at Boots is now doing an extra shift at weekends!
In next week's York retail staffing update, we find out the latest headcount trends in the menswear section at John Lewis, and discover why Dorreen at Boots is now doing an extra shift at weekends! piemagico
  • Score: -4

4:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

Should employ staff to STOP people using that place! Food...really?
Should employ staff to STOP people using that place! Food...really? Miles Davis
  • Score: 1

9:52am Sat 19 Jul 14

Yorkborneinbse says...

Save even more money, by shutting the place midnight to 11 am? Let those that who cant monitor their drinking, nor their behaviour go home hungry.
Save even more money, by shutting the place midnight to 11 am? Let those that who cant monitor their drinking, nor their behaviour go home hungry. Yorkborneinbse
  • Score: 4

7:26am Sun 20 Jul 14

burga1 says...

I was under the impression it was against the law to serve some one who is already drunk with alcohol , when was the last time a pub/club got done for said offence
I was under the impression it was against the law to serve some one who is already drunk with alcohol , when was the last time a pub/club got done for said offence burga1
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maquis says...

burga1 wrote:
I was under the impression it was against the law to serve some one who is already drunk with alcohol , when was the last time a pub/club got done for said offence
Yes it is, but most of these people are not drinking the majority of their alcohol in pubs/clubs. It is not illegal for the supermarkets that are cropping up all over town to sell enough alcohol to get people wasted for less than a tenner. The same amount of alcohol in a pub would cost £40-£50
The kids on their bikes outside are drinking cider, bought for about £3.50/ litre, obviously pubs fault eh?
[quote][p][bold]burga1[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression it was against the law to serve some one who is already drunk with alcohol , when was the last time a pub/club got done for said offence[/p][/quote]Yes it is, but most of these people are not drinking the majority of their alcohol in pubs/clubs. It is not illegal for the supermarkets that are cropping up all over town to sell enough alcohol to get people wasted for less than a tenner. The same amount of alcohol in a pub would cost £40-£50 The kids on their bikes outside are drinking cider, bought for about £3.50/ litre, obviously pubs fault eh? Maquis
  • Score: 0

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