McDonald’s fans outraged by council banning drive-thru plans as locals are ‘already too fat’ – World News
McDonald’s planned to add a new dual-lane window that would serve 14 extra people at a time, but a council has turned down plans, angering locals
McDonald’s fans are furious after a council banned plans for a new drive-through – because they think residents are already too fat.
Plans to build a “super-size” drive-thru in Sydney, Australia have been opposed by health bosses, blaming local obesity rates.
Local residents were unimpressed after Cremorne Parish Council rejected plans to add a new dual lane window to accommodate 14 extra people at a time.
Health officials argue the extra lanes would increase obesity in the area, but McDonald’s claims the move is to keep up with people’s eating habits, as more people prefer to pick up their food and eat it in the car .
Instead of expanding the restaurant within McDonald’s, believe that since the pandemic, more people want to eat on the go or alone – especially with the increase in working from home.
The £315,000 addition would see parking spaces reduced from 35 to 26 as the outside patio would be replaced and 22 outside seats eliminated – along with a small refurbishment in the restaurant.
But the North Sydney Local Health District believes the new development and lane elevation would have “health implications”, including higher obesity rates.
They admitted: “There is concern that the increasing accessibility of fast food via an extended drive-through could adversely affect the eating habits of children and adults and undermine existing public health strategies to combat obesity.
“Data from the Australian Urban Observatory shows that Cremorne already has more than adequate access to fast food.
“Providing better access to fast food via an expanded two-lane thoroughfare is unlikely to result in positive public health outcomes.”
Health District senior managers Andrew Wheeler and Mary McCafferty believe the drive-through addition would make residents less likely to cycle and walk.
In addition, the chain’s close proximity to a local health center that provides health support for the disabled is a concern for health officials.
The health district said, “Accordingly, the center’s vulnerable individuals may not be able to park near the center to attend their health appointments, and this may result in a deterioration in the health of the vulnerable individuals.”
However, residents are deeply unhappy with the decision, as figures show their city’s local adult obesity rate is 19 percent — well below the state average of 33 percent.
McDonald’s argues that they introduced healthier options for customers and the majority of their restaurants had dual-lane drive-throughs.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “McDonald’s has been part of the Cremorne community for more than 40 years. We are investing again in the restaurant to make it more accessible and convenient for our customers and crew.
“During the pandemic, we have seen a significant increase in transit numbers. An additional lane will improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion for our customers.
“Over the past two years, there has been an 8.3 percent increase in drive-through transactions, offset by a decline in over-the-counter sales.
“The second drive-through lane will significantly increase the queue capacity of the operation and provide a second point of order and minimize the impact of queues on the internal parking area, reducing congestion and parking dependency.”
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