Protests against Newton Abbot takeaway plans
RESIDENTS have rallied against McDonald's plans for late night opening at one of its South Devon takeaways.
The fast food outlet at Penn Inn, Newton Abbot, wants to extend its opening hours on Friday and Saturday until 2am.
But residents in Keyberry Road and Addison Road fear it will cause noise and disruption while they are trying to sleep.
The decision on whether to grant the variation to the premises licence will go to Teignbridge Council's licensing sub committee on Monday, October 8.
Cllr Gordon Hook, county member for Newton Abbot South, said he had been contacted by a number of residents.
He said noisy customers who leave their car engines running and use the area as a race track are unacceptable, particularly in the early hours.
He claimed: "Extended hours are both unreasonable and unnecessary and will cause significant and further disruption to the lives of those living in the vicinity."
Ten letters of objection have been received by the authority.
Cllr Carol Bunday, district and town council member for College, said she endorsed their feelings and concerns.
She said refrigeration lorries, further litter, more traffic and the potential of increased anti-social behaviour are concerns for residents.
In papers due to go before the committee, McDonald's said it has 'robust' systems to meet its licensing objectives.
It operates a CCTV system, litter patrols and 'self closing' doors to limited noise.
It says that encourages customers to be considerate when leaving the area.
No responses had been made by the police or environmental health officer in papers due to go before the committee.