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City of Swan reports on a bid by McDonalds

The City of Swan will submit a report to the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel next month on the development application to build a McDonalds in Guildford which drew in over 800 submissions at the close of the public comment period.

The city’s report is due to be submitted on Monday, July 24.

The controversial bid sparked a public meeting at the Guildford Town Hall and a community rally Residents tell McDonald’s to “Burger off” (Echo News, March 31, 2017).

Residents object to McDonald’s bid to build a 24-hour drive through restaurant at the back of The Guildford Hotel for a number of reasons.

Including insufficient parking for patrons, traffic issues and the fact it was at odds with Guildford’s Conservation Policy.

The bid prompted the Guildford Association to call on the new Labor government to create new laws and urgently act to protect the heritage town.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the development application had received a large number of submissions during the extended public comment period.

“The City received 865 submissions from a variety of community members, agencies and organisations,” he said.

“All of these submissions are being assessed and will help to form the report.”

Mayor Wainwright said once the report has been submitted to JDAP, a hearing date would be set, and the community would be updated once the date had been confirmed.

He said this was expected to take place on or before Wednesday, August 2.

“The city understands there is a lot of community angst surrounding this development application and will work to ensure all parties are kept up to date on any significant progress.”

Mayor Wainwright said those interested in the upcoming JDAP hearing should keep an eye on the West Australian Planning Commission website, as hearing dates and agendas were published there.

For more information go to www.planning.wa.gov.au

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

One comment

  1. The current Labor Government MUST move quickly to repeal the crazy legislation introduced to favour developers by the previous government. It is far too easy for developers to bypass local governments and local governments MUST put aside council preferences and take seriously residents submissions.

    We have too many fast food outlets and far too many service stations.

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