We don't want a THIRD McDonald's in our small seaside town – it won't fit in and will make our kids fat | The Sun
LIVID mums and dads have told the world's biggest fast food chain to burger off – after it confirmed a THIRD restaurant in their tiny town.
They fear plans for a new McDonald's will make their kids fat.
Opponents in Lowestoft, Suffolk – population 70,000 – also fear the out-of-town Big Mac factories will wreck their high street by luring locals away.
Local mum Sharon Knight accused the Golden Arches of building what they like where they like – with no thought of the consequences.
The 48-year-old mum, who has a teenage daughter, fumed: "This town already has a problem with obesity and the last thing it needs is a third fast-food McDonald's outlet.
"People should have healthier options but that doesn’t seem to bother McDonald's.
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“Youngsters in particular are lured into places like McDonald's but the firm doesn’t seem to care about the effect they can have."
At one time it was estimated Lowestoft had the highest number of mobility scooters per-capita.
But this lead to claims that for some it was a lifestyle choice of transport rather than necessity.
Ron Taylor, 70, added: "There a lot of unhealthy people here and what they eat has a lot to do with it."
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The US fast-food giant has almost 1,300 outlets in the UK.
But in a concerning development for small businesses, the mega-chain has plans for further expansion across the country.
Banks, shops, restaurants and cafes have all shuttered in recent years following the Covid pandemic and a grim economic backdrop.
But worried Georgie Yilmaz – who opened a café and diner in the heart of the former fishing port three years ago – feels no one can stop McDonald's.
The 40-year-old blasted: "It will take even more people away from the town centre and leave it like a ghost town.
"They have such enormous influence that they can kill off other outlets which will eventually lead to the death of Lowestoft as a shopping centre."
Local wildlife groups also claim the new outlet will have devastating effect on a nature reserve next door by attracting light, noise litter and polluted nearby ponds and streams.
The Sun has approached McDonald's for comment.
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