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Decision Delayed On KFC Drive-Thru Near Scarborough

Decision Delayed On KFC Drive-Thru Near Scarborough

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 7:55am 27th July 2020. (Updated at 12:56pm 27th July 2020)

A decision on whether to build new KFC drive-thru near Scarborough has been delayed over concerns about crime, litter and congestion.

The American chain wanted to build its drive-thru on the site of the former Papa’s Fish and Chips building near Morrisons in Market Lane. The plan also included a separate unit for coffee shop Costa.

Scarborough Council planning officers had recommended that the scheme should be given the green light when the authority’s planning committee met on Friday.

Councillors instead decided to defer a decision due to fears that it could lead to an increase in litter in the area and that the potential for extra traffic and congestion could cause issues on the busy A64 road.

The KFC and Costa plan involved demolishing the Papa’s building, formerly The Scarborough public house, creating 24 new jobs in the process.

North Yorkshire County Council Highways had not objected to the scheme.

Cllr John Casey proposed the deferral, citing concerns about the impact on levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area and also the potential for litter.

The Highways Authority is also to be asked again if it has any concerns about the plans.

Cllr Roberta Swiers said there had already been a number of “small” accidents at the entrance to the site, which also includes a McDonald’s.

Eastfield’s Cllr Theresa Norton told the meeting that would be a “huge litter issue” if the scheme went ahead.

She said:

“Eastfield needs a lot of things but I’m not convinced a Costa or a KFC is amongst them.

Personally I have got serious reservations.”

Cllr Norton said she did not feel the building had been empty long enough to allow another restaurant or a “community-based” business to try and bring forward an alternative scheme.

She added:

"There are many reasons I believe we should reject planning for this drive-thru, in the first instance because of the problem with litter. Already we have McDonald's waste blowing all over the Eastfield estate, no matter how much the company tries to contain the mess.  

Secondly, traffic. Drive-thru's encourage bad habits that if we are to 'build back better', as government recommends,  we collectively need to learn to change our habits.

Queuing up in cars to eat highly processed and high fat fast food served in disposable wrapping is hardly building better. 

Thirdly, we now know that it is the kind of intense farming methods used today which create breeding grounds for the viruses, like Covid, that are having such devastating effects on our society.  

Hundreds of thousands of caged birds, unable to move, eating their own waste, pumped with antibiotics to keep it 'safe' for human consumption.  

It's not safe, and the government have recently voted AGAINST a bill that would have guaranteed same or higher than EU food standards, so we know we cannot trust the government with their intensive  farming methods to keep us safe.

We really need to join the dots in our plans for the borough. Our officers do a most difficult job. Consecutive Conservative governments have cut the borough's funding by 65% meaning they have to make money in order to fund our vital services.  

But whilst I have every sympathy for this difficult task I do not believe that building back better includes allowing more drive through fast food outlets in Eastfield."

Her fellow Cllr Michael Stonehouse added:

“I think it is a bit of an environmental disaster this one. ”

Cllr Stonehouse said that the probable congestion the development would cause would be like having “carbon monoxide with your Costa”.

It was noted by Cllr Stewart Campbell that there was only the mention of one bin for the site in the planning application.

Discussions will now take place with the applicant to see if any changes can be made with the scheme.

Comments

There are 7 comments on this page.

yorkshireboy, on 27th July 2020 8:33am
Here we go again.

SBC recommended it go ahead and then suddenly change there mind because a Councillor in Eastfield worries about rubbish, another objector worries about crime.

Just what planet are these people on.

Is every customer of KFC going to drive through Eastfield throw rubbish everywhere and put a few windows through.

This is a out of town site, a considerable distance from any housing.

Get a life..
Scarboria Resident, on 27th July 2020 8:43am
NO Police objection to the crime rate increasing and Highways department have NOT objected on the grounds increased traffic ....
These councillors need to stop being nimbys and listen to the people who know if there would be an impact on the grounds cited.
Scarboria Resident, on 27th July 2020 12:40pm
FORGOT TO MENTION TO THE COUNCILLORS THAT IF THEY LOOK AT THE PAPAS SIGNAGE....IT CLEARLY STATES THAT ITS A TAKEAWAY AND RESTAURANT.
THESE SAME COUNCILLORS APPROVED THAT APPLICATION SO WHY NOT KFC AND COSTA WHOSE USEAGE OF THE PROPERTY WILL BE ULTIMATELY FOR THE SAME PURPOSE.
VERY HIPOCRITICAL COUNCILLORS, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO HINT THAT KFC & COSTA CLIENTS ARE CRIMINALS AND LITTER LOUTS>
Scarboria Resident, on 27th July 2020 8:39am
Congestion is not an issue as the Highways department have not objected....didn't hear councillors object to long queues on A64 when McDonald's re-opened.
As regards litter and crime.....it's going to be like Papas was...a restaurant plus drive through. What are the councillors going on with as regards an increase in crime...no police objection to the plan.
These councillors are clueless.
Whitbyman, on 27th July 2020 12:08pm
Heads up to the fools who trot out phrases on the council . A KFC is NOT an environmental disaster , major oil spills , major sewage spills into rivers and sea , Chernobyl , they are environmental disasters , not a fast food drive through being built on your doorstep . It’s been through the proper process as defined by the council so how can they override their own rules ? A bit like the police having no evidence but charging someone anyway . Ridiculous decision which just adds to the laughing stock which we’re fast becoming thanks to this council
yorkshireboy, on 27th July 2020 12:39pm
Increased crime, increased litter.

Please let's see the proof of increased crime when the fish restaurant opened.

If the site was in the middle of a housing estate then object.

But the site is knowhere near any residential property, and all that will happen is that it will increase choice for people who enjoy a takeaway.

It will also increase the job possibilities.

And instead of knocking the development we should welcome it.
Shaun Bryan, on 27th July 2020 3:19pm
I think certain councillors need to get there facts right before engaging mouths......................

Thirdly, we now know that it is the kind of intense farming methods used today which create breeding grounds for the viruses, like Covid, that are having such devastating effects on our society.

Hundreds of thousands of caged birds, unable to move, eating their own waste, pumped with antibiotics to keep it 'safe' for human consumption.

It's not safe, and the government have recently voted AGAINST a bill that would have guaranteed same or higher than EU food standards, so we know we cannot trust the government with their intensive farming methods to keep us safe.

ALL KFC CHICKEN IS FARMED IN THE UK AND IRELAND AND ARE NOT BATTERY FARMED. EXTENSIVE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET.

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