McDonalds withdraw their late licence application
Clive Efford MP met with McDonalds senior management at their store in Eltham recently to ask that them to withdraw their application for a licence to remain open until the early hours of the morning. Following the meeting McDonalds agreed to withdraw their application.
Clive explained to the senior managers about the problems that occurred outside their restaurant in the past when they stayed open until midnight. Clive says, “Van loads of police were on duty late at night to deal with the problem of disorderly behaviour. I was not prepared to see vital police resources squandered in this way when my constituents wanted to have more police in their communities.” The police approached McDonalds at Clive’s request and they accepted that there was a problem and agreed to close earlier. This led to an immediate reduction in the levels of anti-social behaviour in the Town Centre late at night.
Clive explained to McDonald’s area manager who had made the application and Hugh Milward, McDonalds’ Head of Public Affairs, that the problem would reoccur if they went ahead with their plans for late night opening. Following the meeting Mr Milward rang Clive and informed him that McDonalds accepted the points he had raised and had withdrawn the application.
Clive adds, “I am delighted that McDonalds have listened to the concerns that I expressed to them on behalf of my constituents and have decided to withdraw their application.”