Macca's hits brick wall in Sydney

AN inner-western Sydney suburb has been successful in keeping out a 24/7 McDonalds – for now.

Ashfield councillors voted unanimously to reject a proposal for the demolition of existing buildings and structures in Haberfield for the construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant with a drive-through facility.

Councillor Lucille McKenna from Ashfield Council said the development application was knocked back on more than 24 grounds, including traffic concerns, noise levels, impact on conservation areas and the strong opposition from the local community.

“We had many reasons for refusal and we had a record number of written submissions against the proposed development,” Cr McKenna said.

The proposal for a fast food eatery on the site of a former Parramatta Rd car dealership generated the biggest protest campaign Ashfield Council had ever seen.

The council was inundated with more than 900 written submissions and with a petition holding more than 7000 signatures.

Yamba, named Australia’s top tourist town, and a metropolitan suburb may be worlds apart but they draw on similarities that Clarence Valley councillors will have to face in their May committee and full council meetings.

At last look, the ‘No to McDonald’s in Yamba’ facebook site had attracted more that 3721 members, with the ‘Yes to McDonald’s in Yamba’ site drawing in 1026 fans.

Read the Ashfield Council minutes here.



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