Residents oppose 24-hour McDonald’s proposal
Opposition to a proposed 24-hour drive-through McDonald’s in Te Atatu Peninsula is heating up.
The fast-food giant plans to operate at an old BP petrol station site on 543 Te Atatu Rd among a cluster of other outlets that will be allowed to stay open until 10pm.
But it is now applying for resource consent to serve customers 24-7 – raising the hackles of immediate neighbours who fear the move will infringe on their lifestyles. Auckland Council has yet to decide whether to publicly notify the application and, therefore, give residents the chance to air their views before a decision is made.
It is being pressured to do so by the authors of a petition on the change.org website.
Around 1430 people have signed so far – including some from the US.
McDonald’s says it has a lease with the developer that is conditional on it achieving a suitable consent from the council.
‘‘The developer is working through the council process, which is ongoing,’’ it says.
‘‘As with any potential new restaurant we are sensitive to the communities in which we operate.’’
There are 104 McDonald’s outlets that operate 24 hours across New Zealand – some only on Fridays and Saturdays, while others are seven days a week.
Auckland Council western resource consenting manager David Oakhill says an independent duty commissioner has been appointed to decide if the consent will be notified.
‘‘The officer is waiting on further information from the applicant before he can make his recommendation,’’ Oakhill says.
Concerned resident Chris Burton is among those hoping residents will be given the chance to speak and says he opposes the plan.
‘‘It doesn’t fit in with our other owner-operated stores in the village.’’
An action group has set up a Facebook page called ‘‘ No 24hr Drive Thru in Te Atatu Peninsula’’ and a group of pensioners is equally vocal. The elderly residents, who live in houses directly behind the site, say they won’t be able to sleep if the plan is approved because of the noise and headlights from cars shining into bedrooms.
But not everyone is opposed.
Barbara Wild, a teacher and a mother of five grownup children, says she will be happy if a McDonald’s is built in the suburb.
‘‘It offers convenient and healthy options for people, has playgrounds for the children and the buildings look good.’’
The complex is under construction and will also include cafes, childcare and gym facilities. A sign outside the development says it is expected to be ‘‘completed late 2015’’.
Waitakere councillor Linda Cooper has written to concerned residents saying the council is happy to receive letters on the matter and share them with its hearings committee.
A retail complex under construction on Te Atatu Rd could include a 24-hour McDonald’s if resource consent is granted. Residents object to the 24-hour proposal.