Plans to build a McDonald’s near a Newcastle school were rejected by city councils.
Hundreds of people opposed the plan for dozens of reasons, including fears that it would promote unhealthy infant nutrition at nearby Kenton High School.
McDonald’s said the restaurant will create 75 jobs and contribute £ 1.9 million to the region’s economy.
The plan was recommended to planners for approval, but the Newcastle City Council committee rejected it.
Resident and activist Siobhan O’Neil previously said the students interviewed said they would go to school and some of them would try to eat lunch. “”
In addition to the 221 formal objections to the council, 592 people signed online petitions against the plan, and three schools, including Kenton, spoke to about 2,000 students.
Six people signed a petition in favor of the restaurant, which would be built on the site of a former pub.
Following the decision, a McDonald’s spokesperson said the company would review the decision before deciding on an appeal.
It is obvious, that the decision was disappointing. It was a hindrance to creating new jobs and new opportunities for the youth.
McDonald’s plans to expand further after an 11% increase in net income to $ 1.38 billion in the last three months of last year.
Revenue increased 10% to $ 6.82 billion, slightly above expectations of $ 6.81 billion.
The company announced in a statement that it plans to add 1,300 new stores next year, increasing the world number to 33,500.
McDonald’s had previously announced that it would create 2,500 jobs in the UK.
The fast-food company estimates that 30% of new jobs in the UK will be delayed for children under the age of 25.
It was fantastic news for some people though.
McDonald’s said 190 of the new jobs would be in Scotland but did not specify where the others would be created.
McDonald’s has been in the United Kingdom since 1974 and has just over 1,200 restaurants in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
With this year’s global expansion plan, it employs a total of 90,000 people.