McDonald’s applies to open 24 hours

Tuesday November 6th 2018

McDonald's Hardengreen, Dalkieth, Midlothian class=

An example of a two storey McDonald’s restaurant in Luton

The new McDonald’s restaurant at Hardengreen has applied to open 24 hours a day.

The restaurant has requested that it is allowed to open between 11pm and 5am and has submitted a Late Hours Catering Licence to Midlothian Council.

However, the Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council only found out by chance at their monthly meeting last Thursday, with the closing date for comments being the following day.

Due to council budget cuts civic licenses are no longer advertised in the local press and there is also no provision for these applications to be listed on the council website.

A member of the Commuity Council did go to the McDonald’s site to see if there was a license notice displayed and found an A4 letter attached to a fence saying “Danger! Keep out!”

The chair of the Community Council, Bill Kerr-Smith, has now written to the council to ask for an extension. Mr Kerr-Smith said:

“I write to express concern that the community has not had the opportunity to consider their response to this application and to request that the consultation period be extended so that the application can be properly considered by the community.”

The council has yet to respond to the request.

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