plays down plans to open a new Highbridge drive-thru
new fast-food restaurant has come a step closer to opening in Highbridge
this week after town councillors approved proposals for a drive-thru.
owners of Isleport Business Park won the support of the Town Council
for 'outline planning permission' to change the use of the land
to allow hot food takeaway sales.
proposed drive-thru in Bennett Road is located next to Highbridge's
Travelodge hotel, which was approved last week, and the new
Aldi supermarket, which
was approved in May.
decision has been taken on who will move in, but fast food giant
McDonalds is among several well-known names who have expressed an
interest in the site, but a spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that it "currently has no confirmed plans to open a new McDonalds
restaurant in Highbridge."
Peter Burridge-Clayton said at this week's council meeting where
the plans were debated: "The site has the same layout as McDonalds
in Bridgwater and other towns, with a restaurant and drive-through."
that Aldi and Travelodge have been given permission to open, I think
it would be appropriate to have a food outlet here too."
Nick Tolley added: "I support it I think its something
thats needed for the town."
John Parkes cautioned: "Sedgemoor District Council have said
they are keen to support our 'service centres' and while there are
many residents who will support this plan, there will be concern
among some existing food outlets in Highbridge town centre that
this will affect them."
Andy Brewer responded: "Yes, we share those concerns and it
would be nice to get the views of Highbridge Chamber of Trade on
Parkes said that he would like to see more "high-end"
jobs coming to the town, but doubted these would come through these
Brewer said that 20 full time jobs would be created with this new
scheme, but he agreed that "we do need a mixture of opportunities."
councillors voted in favour of supporting the scheme.