Alliance takes McDonalds concerns to planning committee

East Belfast Alliance representatives will outline serious concerns over a planned new McDonalds at the Tesco Knocknagoney site at a Belfast planning meeting next week.

Councillor Peter McReynolds and Chris Lyttle MLA have been working closely with residents over the past few months and will appeal to planners to listen to the growing fears over the impact of the project on Tuesday night.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Councillor Peter McReynolds said, “the proposed two storey drive through restaurant risks putting further strain on an already congested area and would also have a serious impact on surrounding residents and Knocknagoney Primary School”.

“At the meeting, Chris Lyttle MLA, residents and I will present a range of concerns about this application which is regarded by many people as likely to result in a significant increase in vehicle congestion and a detrimental impact on the neighbouring residential area.

“Over the last year, Alliance has been approached by many residents in the area and raised their concerns direct with McDonald’s and the planning office. Concerns include litter, noise and air pollution and the need for an improved traffic impact assessment – meaning this application should be given greater scrutiny. I want the committee to call out to the site and to see the impact it will have on the area.

“Councillors should also consider whether the location would be consistent with the aim of the Belfast Agenda to promote healthy living and lifestyles for children and young people.”

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