Clive has written to Greenwich Council to outline his opposition to an application from McDonalds in Eltham High Street to remain open until 3:00am Sundays to Thursdays and until 5:00am Fridays to Saturdays.
He explained: “Several years ago I met with the police to discuss disorder and violent conduct in Eltham Town Centre late at night and especially between 11.00pm and midnight when the pubs emptied.
At that time McDonalds was open until midnight and people were leaving the pubs and entering McDonalds and then hanging around both inside and outside the restaurant.
As a local resident I saw for myself some of the problems this caused. I became sick and tired of witnessing the appalling behaviour that was damaging the image of out town centre. I decided that we had to deal with the premises that were causing this problem. As a result of my discussions with the police the restaurant changed its closing hours so that it shut before the pubs closed. This led to a an immediate reduction in the levels of anti-social behaviour in the Town Centre late at night.
Should McDonalds be granted any extension from its current hours of opening it will inevitably lead to a return to the sorts of problems we have seen in the past.
Although this restaurant is located in Eltham town centre it is still in an area which is essentially residential. It is unacceptable for those residents to have to face the rowdy and noisy behaviour that will inevitably occur should this license be granted.
We also want to attract more restaurants into the High Street. This will not happen if we have a McDonalds with crowds of youths hanging around until the early hours of the morning.”
Clive has also contacted McDonalds directly to try to try to get them to withdraw their application. They have agreed to meet with him.
Urgent update. 4 April
Clive has now met with McDonalds to explain the situation to them and to ask them to withdraw their application. They have agreed to go away and consider the points Clive made.
If McDonalds do not withdraw the application Clive will be attending the licensing meeting to voice his opposition.