Lil’ Mac versus Big Mac

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Frankton neighbour to block fast-food giant’s move.

It’s Macca versus Macca’s – a Frankton woman is taking on her namesake McDonald’s to stop the fast-food giant setting up in Queenstown’s gateway.

Fiona McDonald (right) opposes the international chain’s proposal for a 24-hour drive-through restaurant on Frankton Road next to the Mobil petrol station.

McDonald, who lives across the road from the site, fears the golden arches will have a major negative impact on the area – especially on traffic safety.

“I know the state of that road. It takes me four to five minutes to get out of my driveway. It’s a bloody dangerous, busy road. It should not be allowed.

“Logically, it would seem more sensible in Remarkables Park. That highway is too dangerous.”

She’s also worried about the smell, rubbish, pollution and loitering that could affect the local area.

“Why should it be allowed to be open 24 hours out there when bars in town aren’t 24 hours?”

McDonald fears local attitudes are lax because “McDonald’s has got money” and because it’ll be a “money-making venture” for the community.

“People are scared [about taking on the global giant]. I’m not – I just want people to be aware of what’s going on. We need to get some response.

“Does the community want it? It’s not just about me being opposed to it … I’m just one of many.”

After the confirmation of Burger King and Subway fast food outlets moving into the new Terrace Junction building being built – and the presence of Nando’s chicken restaurant – McDonald’s wants to join the Frankton fast food battleground.

A consent application was recently lodged with Queens­­­­­town Lakes District Council’s regulatory quango Lakes Environmental.

LE planners are seeking written approval from the NZ Transport Agency and are themselves expressing concerns about noise levels and effects on the streetscape – before they decide whether or not the building should go ahead.