Traffic fears at Scholes site for burger giant

Councillors Lawrence Hunt and George Davies with local residents who are opposed to a new drive through McDonald's restaurant on the site of the old Upper Morris Street Working Men's Club

Councillors Lawrence Hunt and George Davies with local residents who are opposed to a new drive through McDonald's restaurant on the site of the old Upper Morris Street Working Men's Club

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PROTESTERS are bidding to slam the brakes on controversial plans to transform a bankrupt Wigan club into a drive-through takeaway and restaurant.

Residents joined ward councillors and neighbouring child care staff at a demonstration to demand that the council throw out an application by high street fast food giant McDonald’s to breathe new commercial life into Scholes’s boarded-up former Upper Morris Street Working Mens Club site in Greenough Street.

They claim that the bid for the 24-hour facility will see potential customers create a traffic hazard with their vehicles, particularly with two children’s nurseries near the site.

They add that slamming doors and booming car radios will disturb residents in the council maisonnettes in near by Regency Court and Morris Street.

The demonstration was organised by Coun George Davies and colleague Coun Lol Hunt, both Wigan Central ward representatives.

Coun Davies said: “As far as we are concerned, having consulted with residents, health and safety comes first before noise and danger – that is out top priority.

“We are concerned that health will be put at risk by bringing a 24-hour, non-stop establishment to the area with all the noise levels that will bring, along with the intrusion of the restaurant’s lighting so near to a residential area.

“We are also concerned that it is going to bring in a lot more traffic and danger.”