McDonald’s in Bourne to open in August

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A fast food restaurant that will create 65 jobs will open next month as building work nears completion.

Contractors moved in to start work on the new McDonald’s off South Road, Bourne, earlier this month.

The restaurant has risen quickly from the ground and the firm hopes to start serving Big Macs in August.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We are pleased to say that our new restaurant in Bourne is expected to open in August and will create at least 65 full and part-time jobs for the local community.

“Those employed at the new restaurant will have access to leading training schemes, as well as the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications ranging from adult certificates in maths and English to a foundation degree in managing business operations.”

Plans for the restaurant were approved by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee in January.

Planning officers had recommended approval but it was referred to the committee because the plans were considered to be “locally controversial”.

A report said there had been 31 letters objecting to the plans and 11 in support.

The objectors were concerned about noise, light, odour, litter and traffic.

One said they were concerned the development on a primary entrance to Bourne would give a bad impression to visitors to the town.

It was also said that existing restaurants would be “undermined” and there were already a number of fast food places in the town.

Other objectors said there was important woodland nearby, protected species could be harmed and people who could see the restaurant from their homes would be looking at an “eyesore”.

There were also concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Supporters of the application said there was a lack of fast food restaurants in Bourne; that a large number of jobs would be created and McDonald’s was one of few employers who would take on older people.

Bourne Town Council did not object to the application but asked for a hedge between the restaurant and the A15.

According to the plans the new McDonald’s will have 96 seats and a drive-thru.