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Plans to build first McDonald's in Rutland wins backing of Oakham Town Council

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Plans for a McDonald's restaurant in Oakham has won the support of Oakham Town Council.

Members met last night and recommended Rutland County Council approves the scheme on the corner of Lands' End Way and Hackamore Way in Oakham.

Their move potentially ends years of Rutland being labelled “the only county without a McDonald's”.

The proposed site for a new McDonald's restaurant in Oakham.
The proposed site for a new McDonald's restaurant in Oakham.

The council chamber in Victoria Hall heard contributions from residents about the scheme as they heard the debate.

Four members of the public spoke about their concerns of potential litter issues, drainage, opening hours, and lighting.

At the end of the debate members of Oakham Town Council voted seven for, one against and three abstaining to write to Rutland County Council giving support to the application.

But they would also give the planning authority a number of comments including those raised by residents, but also adding a request for an additional disabled parking bay, detailed proposed times of opening, and encouraging the safe access to the site by pedestrians and cyclists

After the meeting, Oakham Mayor and town council chairman Coun David Romney said: “It is always good to see democracy in action, and I am delighted that several members of the public came here tonight to make their points and witness the debate.

"Clearly, we are only consultees for the application, but we are sure that Rutland County Council will want to know that Oakham Town Council has given this matter full consideration and has made its recommendation to them. The next step will be for Rutland County Council to make its formal decision on the application.”

As reported earlier, 65 full and part-time jobs are promised.

The planning application also follows consultation with locals.

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