Macca’s un­moved Sarah Brookes


Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

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.”

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