Fast-food outlet in bid to stay open 24/7

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A fast-food restaurant’s plans to open 24 hours a day could be halted after claims the move would lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour.

McDonald’s in Northern Road, Sudbury, is seeking permission to open all day, every day. It currently opens at 6am and shuts at midnight.

During a meeting of Sudbury Town Council’s planning committee, members voiced concerns.

Councillor Nigel Bennett said the area had become synonymous with boy racers – something he wanted firmly stamped out.

“There have been problems with cars racing and doing doughnuts, as well as other anti-social behaviour,” he said.

“If it stays open all night, the issues will only increase.”

Three years ago, the restaurant applied to extend its opening hours, but the request was turned down after Sudbury Police chief Paul Crick and Chilton Parish Council raised objections. Both have again expressed concerns.

In September last year, CCTV cameras were installed at nearby Homebase in an attempt to deter late-night drivers using the surrounding roads as a racetrack.

“We know we have had problems on that stretch,” said Mr Bennett. “That was the reason CCTV was put in on the Homebase roundabout and we don’t want the problems to come back.”

Adrian Osborne said residents had been very upset last time around about the noise and behaviour they would encounter if the plans were approved, and these concerns remained.

Committee chairman Jan Osborne said she was wary of setting a precedent.

“We have to be mindful that, if we approve this, there will be others,” she said.

Members agreed to object to the application on the grounds of anti-social behaviour. It will go before the district council at a later date.