New Downham Market McDonalds to be open 24 hours a day

The new McDonalds set to open in Downham Market in the autumn has been granted permission to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new restaurant, on Bexwell Road, was granted approval by borough councillors at a licensing meeting. Despite having permission to remain open 24 hours a day, it may not mean that the restaurant does so, with the decision on opening hours ultimately in the hands of the franchisee set to operate it.

Representatives of McDonalds said that they were “covering all the bases” by seeking the 24-hour permission, in case the franchisee decided it would be worthwhile to stay open all night. At the meeting, independent councillor Terry Parish questioned “where the demand is” for the McDonalds to be open all through the night. Read more: Days old orphaned common seal pups in RSPCA’s care in Norfolk

The company’s licensing officer said: “I think we’re seeing more demand nationally for 24/7. Because obviously there are more people on the roads now – truck drivers, etc. “The facilities are there, there’s toilets there.

They can stop, they can come in, park up and eat, they don’t have to actually use the drive-through. Fire, police, ambulance as well, use our restaurants on a regular basis because they can park up, come in and use the facilities. Taxi drivers [too].

There’s a whole numerous amount of people that are on the road now that weren’t there many years ago.” Addressing potential concerns around increased litter, McDonalds’ representatives said: “The reality is we are one of the very few companies operating in this sector who do active litter picks. Because the store is not open yet, we’ve not decided on the routes that we’ll do, but it will be minimum three times a day round the local area – subject to risk assessment, so we’re not sending our staff into unsafe environments…

“Staff will go round picking up not just McDonalds litter, but any litter they find, to help keep the local area clean and tidy.”

Councillors voted in favour of granting the permission on condition of CCTV being in place and with footage retained for 30 days, as well as including signage reminding those leaving the premises to do so quietly.

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