Fast food ‘not part of vision for our village environment’
Published on: 28 Mar 2016
HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition against plans for a McDonald’s drive-thru, a pub and a large Lidl supermarket at Lyde Green.
The proposals for the gateway to the housing development – revealed in Downend Voice in March - will be considered by South Gloucestershire Council planners later this year.
Residents are concerned that a commercial development is planned on the site off the Rosary roundabout between the Avon Ring Road and Folly Brook, which was once earmarked for a David Lloyd leisure centre.
They were also angry at the short amount of time allowed for public comments, although this has now been extended.
A council spokesman said: “The application is still being assessed and a committee date has not yet been set.
“We are aware of the strength of local opposition and have extended the consultation period by a further two weeks to enable people to comment.”
Lidl distributed 16,000 flyers about its part of the development, which would mean moving from its present store in Emersons Green to a new and much larger store. It invited residents to view the plans at an event at Emersons Green Village Hall on March 17.
McDonald’s has confirmed it wants to open the drive-thru, which it says will create 65 full and part-time jobs and has said it will work with the local community to address concerns,
The pub would be a Greene King Farmhouse Inn with 94 parking spaces.
Emersons Green Town Council has objected to the scheme. It says: “This land held planning permission for a David Llloyd sports facility, which was eagerly awaited by local residents due to the lack of this type of development in the area. Some people may have moved to Lyde Green expecting to havedd a top notch sports and exercise facility nearby.”
This view is echoed by many of the 740 residents who had signed an online petition by the time Downend Voice went to print.
“This goes completely against the ‘village’ vision for Lyde Green, which is one reason why I moved here. Also there seems to be no sense in increasing traffic at an already busy roundabout especially as there are supermarkets and pubs only over the other side of the roundabout,” said one.
Another said: “Opposed to this travesty of an idea. The area needs modern sports facilities, not a junk food restaurant.”