McDonald’s fans outraged as council BANS new excursion-thru plans because they think residents are already too fat
MCDONALD’S lovers have been left outraged after a council banned new excursion-thru plans because they thought residents were already too fat.
The local healthy authority snubbed a £315,000 ($550,000) upgrade to build a “super-size” excursion-thru in Sydney, Australia, blaming local obesity rates.
Sydneysiders are going into all-out war against a local council who banned a new McDonald’s excursion-thruCredit: Google
The £315k upgrade could have seen 14 additional people served at one time.Credit: Reuters
Residents in the leafy suburb of Cremorne are going head-to-head with their local council after plans to double the size of their local McDonald’s by building new dual-lane window to serve an 14 additional people at one time was hastily knocked back.
Health officials argue the additional lanes would raise the area’s obesity rates.
McDonald’s said the move was in line with a shift in people’s eating habits since the pandemic as more customers come to prefer eating in their cars than walk inside restaurants.
The £315k redevelopment would see carpark spaces reduced from 35 to 26 and an outdoor terrace removed and 22 outdoor seats taken away in addition as a minor refurb inside.
But North Sydney Local Health District said the move would raise “health impacts” including obesity rates.
“There is a concern that increasing accessibility to fast food, via an expanded excursion-by, may negatively influence the eating habits of children and adults, and undermine existing population health strategies to tackle obesity,” the organisation said.
“Data from the Australian Urban Observatory shows that Cremorne already has more than adequate access to fast food.
“Providing greater access to fast food via an expanded, dual lane excursion-by is doubtful to consequence in positive population health outcomes.”
Andrew Wheeler and Mary McCafferty, senior manager with the Health District, claims the new design will discourage people from cycling or walking in.
And they said the fast-food chain’s closeness to a local community health centre, which provides disability and multicultural health sustain sets, is also a concern.
“consequently, the centre’s unprotected persons may not be able to park in the vicinity of the centre to attend their health appointments and this may rule to unprotected persons’ declining health,” the group said.
Locals have slammed the move as figures show the local obesity rate to be 19 percent in adults – well below the state’s average of 33 percent.
In response, McDonalds said it had introduced a range of new healthy options for customers and the majority of their restaurants had dual lane excursion-thrus.
“McDonald’s has been part of the Cremorne community for more than 40 years. We are reinvesting into the restaurant to make it more easy to reach and functional for our customers and crew,” a spokesperson said.
“Throughout the pandemic, we experienced a important increase in excursion-by numbers. An additional lane will enhance efficiency and reduce traffic congestion for our customers.
“In the last two years there has been an increase in transactions in the excursion by of 8.3 per cent which has been offset by a reduction in over-the-counter sales.
“The second excursion-by lane will significantly increase the queuing capacity of the operation and provide a second point of order and will minimise the queuing impact on the internal carparking area, reducing congestion and reliance on carparking.”
Local radio DJ Ben Fordham called the Health District’s concerns a ‘non-issue’.
He said: “Seriously? What a ridiculous example of Government overreach.
“McDonald’s makes the point that most of their outlets have two excursion by lanes now anyway.”
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