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FAST FOOD GIANT CONTINUES PUSH FOR STORE
RESIDENTS campaigning against plans by McDonald’s to build a 24-hour restaurant in Guildford are up for another super-sized fight, with the fast food giant lodging an appeal with the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
The Metro East Joint Development Panel (JDAP) refused McDonald’s development application last month on the grounds it would have an adverse impact on the heritage values of Guildford as well as concerns over traffic, parking and the restaurant’s proximity to the local primary school.
Say No To McDonald’s spokeswoman Claire Scanlan said McDonald’s was “mad” to appeal.
“We always knew it was a possibility that McDonald’s would appeal,” she said.
“But given they were absolutely slaughtered by the panel at the JDAP hearing, we thought they would be mad to appeal.
“We know we have strong grounds for opposition and we are hopeful these issues are continued to be represented effectively.”
Mrs Scanlan was hopeful the progression of Guildford to be state heritage-listed would strengthen the group’s argument.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the decision was disappointing.
“While McDonald’s has the right to appeal, it is disappointing to hear they will be pursuing one despite strong opposition from the community and the City’s original advice against the proposal,” he said.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said the company would continue to work with the local community and the City of Swan as it progressed its application.
“This site is zoned for commercial use and we strongly believe we meet all of the relevant planning requirements consistent with this site,” the McDonald’s spokeswoman said.
“All we are asking is that our development application is considered on its merit.
“If approved, this restaurant will provide more than 100 local jobs and other economic benefits to the local area.”
Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said McDonald’s was damaging its corporate reputation by appealing to SAT.
“McDonald’s have been given a loud and clear message by the Guildford community that they’re not welcome,” she said.
“They’d be well advised to not to continue to damage their corporate reputation by not accepting the umpire’s decision and continuing to threaten residents with a Macca’s behind the Guildford Hotel.
“McDonald’s is more than welcome in Midland and Midvale but not in this historic town at an already congested intersection.”