Protests planned tonight ahead of Wallington McDonald's decision meeting at Sutton Council
Protesters are set to stage a demonstration outside Sutton Council's offices in a last ditch bid to stop a fast food joint being built on their doorsteps.
Sutton Council's development control committee is due to give the go-ahead to plans to build a two storey McDonald's in Stafford Road at a meeting on Wednesday.
The council's planning officers, who advise the councillors on the committee, recommended they approved the application to build the restaurant despite a almost 400 letters of objection and petition against the plans with 1,367 signatures on it.
Campaigners, who fear the plans will clog up roads, cause anti-social behaviour, noise, litter and smells and promote bad eating habits are set to attend the meeting at Sutton Council's St Nicholas Way base en-masse to persuade panel members not to allow the application.
Campaigner Alan Fitter said: "Having leafleted every home in Wallington South, a large part of Wallington North and schools in the area, the residents action committee and the Onslow Gardens Residents Association are hoping for a big turn-out for a protest at 7:00 in front of the offices.
"There’ll be a band and people have been encouraged to bring home-made banners to show how the majority of people in Wallington are against the application."
Among those to have backed the campaign against the application is Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake, who has written to councillors urging them not to grant planning permission
McDonald's wants to build the drive-through restaurant on the site formerly occupied by a BP garage on the south side of Stafford Road next to the Windmill pub.
The restaurant would be open between 6am and 11pm and would have parking for more than 30 cars. McDonald's application said the restaurant would employ more than 60 workers.
A report from the council's planning officers concluded the application would not cause "unacceptable harm to the amenities of neighbouring properties" and would "result in a visual improvement".
The meeting takes place at Sutton Council's civic office in St Nicholas way from 7.30pm on Wednesday. The campaigners plan to meet at 7pm.
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