A Frankton woman has given up battling a controversial branch of fast-food giant McDonald’s as construction begins this week.
Fiona McDonald hoped to stymie the 24-hour drive-through and restaurant next to Mobil near her Frankton Road house after it was approved by Queenstown Lakes District Council in April.
QLDC regulator Lakes Environmental gave the fast-food chain approval without its application going to a public hearing – despite neighbour McDonald gaining an opposition petition with 250 signatures.
An empty house on land owned by the burger chain has now been shifted and diggers are clearing the site. The restaurant’s expected to be complete by December.
McDonald gave up the fight after advice from the Office of the Ombudsmen and because she doesn’t have the money for a High Court judicial review.
“It’s completely sad,” McDonald says, adding her biggest concern is traffic safety.
“Look what we have allowed as a community, governed by QLDC and LE. Look what our entry into Queenstown is now – it’s a Burger King and the Golden Arches.”