Mac’s not a gone burger

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

CON­CERNED res­i­dents may be a step closer to winning their David and Go­liath bat­tle to halt a McDon­ald’s be­ing built in Bal­moral.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil’s agenda for a six-day hear­ing in June shows plan­ner Ta­nia Rich­mond has rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion be de­clined.

Mcdon­ald’s Restau­rants New Zealand wants to build a branch of its chain with a 24-hour drive-through and 63 carparks at 1-5 Wiremu St.

The agenda says the fast food com­pany’s pro­posal could mean more traf­fic, an in­crease in peo­ple park­ing down nearby side-streets, a re­duc­tion in res­i­dents’ pri­vacy and po­ten­tially de­crease the de­sir­abil­ity of the sub­urb.

Bal­moral Says No group spokesman Nathan Inkpen says it’s re­ally good news but they aren’t cel­e­brat­ing yet.

“It’s not the com­mis­sion­ers’ rec­om­men­da­tion.”

But he en­dorses Ms Rich­mond’s re­port.

“McDon­ald’s are pur­su­ing some­thing un­nec­es­sar­ily.”

A spokesper­son for McDon­ald’s New Zealand says the hear­ing is the best place for the is­sue to be dis­cussed.

“We are pleased that a hear­ing date has now been con­firmed and see this as the best op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss our restau­rant plans in fur­ther de­tail.”

Ms Rich­mond’s re­port says 872 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived af­ter the ap­pli­ca­tion was made in July 2007 and of th­ese, 860 op­pose it.

Coun­cil­lor Glenda Fryer says the plan­ner’s rec­om­men­da­tion is quite un­usual.

She ex­pects McDon­ald’s to scale down its pro­posal at the up­com­ing hear­ing in a bid to sway the com­mis­sion­ers.

But Ms Fryer says it is good that the hun­dreds of sub­mis­sions have been prop­erly con­sid­ered.

The sub­mis­sions in sup­port of the de­vel­op­ment say the restau­rant will bring vi­brancy to the area and peo­ple also ex­pressed an af­fec­tion for McDon­ald’s and McCafe.

“We will be go­ing to the hear­ing from a rel­a­tively good po­si­tion and will have to give lots of ev­i­dence to sup­port the plan­ner’s con­clu­sions,” says Mr Inkpen.

“The key thing is the hear­ing is in Bal­moral – it is a real win, peo­ple can turn up and have their voice heard.”

Mr Inkpen says McDon- ald’s will speak for the first two days and then other sub­mit­ters may speak. • The hear­ing is be­ing held at the Auck­land Deaf So­ci­ety build­ing, 164 Bal­moral Rd, Bal­moral.

The hear­ing times are 9.30am to 5pm on June 8 and 9, 1pm to 8pm on June 11, 9.30am to 5pm on June 12, 1pm to 8pm on June 15 and 9.30am to 5pm on June 16.

Email info@bal­moral­say sno.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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