McDonald’s to serve round the clock in Wakefield

Anne Wainwright who runs McDonalds, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield.'w2851e034
Anne Wainwright who runs McDonalds, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield.'w2851e034

A FAST food chain could soon be serving burgers around the clock on a permanent basis.

McDonald’s on Dewsbury Road was granted planning permission last August to operate 24 hours a day.

But the restaurant was only given the go-ahead for a 12-month trial period.

Now the company is asking Wakefield Council to allow it to make the non-stop operating hours permanent.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh slammed the decision to allow the restaurant to extend its opening hours last year as the city was found to have a higher than average obesity rate.

She described the move as “opposite of everything that is good for us – freshly cooked food eaten round a table.”

And residents objected over fears of anti-social behaviour and extra litter at the site, which is directly opposite a sheltered housing scheme for the elderly.

But McDonald’s franchisee Anne Wainwright said the trial period had proved a success.

She added: “My restaurant has been trading 24 hours on Friday and Saturdays for the past year and has proved popular with both new and existing customers, so I am looking to make the permission permanent.

“As society moves on from the traditional 9-5 it’s important that my business remains open at times convenient for my customers and they’ve responded positively to the changes so far.

“I do also recognise that opening for longer places more responsibility on us as a business to ensure we operate in a way that does not impact our neighbours and so I will continue to work with the local authorities to address any concerns and maintain our litter management plans.”

The restaurant only trades through a ‘drive-thru’ system between midnight and 5am.