Seaford McDonald's abandoned: 'A real win for the community'

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McDONALD'S has abandoned controversial plans to build a fast food restaurant on the Nepean Highway in Seaford.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman told the Weekly today: ‘‘We are not pursuing this Seaford site because of council conditions and traffic challenges.’’

At a packed meeting in February, Frankston Council rejected plans for the restaurant to be built on the corner of the Nepean Highway and Seaford Road. The council’s position was mainly based on VicRoads' objections based on traffic concerns.

McDonald’s had 60 days to file a challenge at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which it has now ruled out.

Seaford Community Rejects Another McDonald’s spokesman Tony Tyrer was over the moon when the Weekly informed him that the fast food chain had scrapped plans for the Seaford site.

‘‘That is fantastic news, I am really delighted,’’ he said.

‘‘Clearly the overwhelming opposition was too much for them. It is a real win for the community.’’

Mr Tyrer said if McDonald’s had gained permission for site, the group would have had a tough battle ahead of it.

‘‘We were going to have to beaver away at the planning scheme and go to the VCAT but I was determined that we would win,’’ he said.

‘‘What I will now be interested to see is where they will break out next. They may have more success where there is a less articulate and vocal group to oppose them.’’

Mr Tyrer said it was now up to Frankston Council to put environmental overlays in place for the Kananook Creek and entire foreshore.

‘‘We need to protect the foreshore from groups such as McDonald’s,’’ he said.

‘‘For me it would have been an insult to have them right on the foreshore and capturing that trade, it is an innappropriate development because of where it is. From a traffic point of view it would have been horrendous.’’

While McDonald’s cited traffic concerns as the main reason for scrapping the project, Mr Tyrer said the fast food chain would have met greater opposition from the community. 

During a vigorous campaign, which lasted several months, residents voiced concerns about the impact of the 24-hour, 112-seat restaurant on the sensitive coastal and Kananook Creek environment the impact of noise pollution on neighbouring homes and public safety.


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