I have to accept that McDonalds have improved their game over the past few years, the serving of organic milk and the use of only British and Irish beef being prime examaples, but I still have a huge problem with a third McDonalds opening in Maidstone.
Not only will we have three of them, the third is a drive through sited on part of the main gyratory system - a place of significant congestion all day long. Congestion will get worse in Maidstone.
So the council have allowed a scheme that encourages people to jump in their cars to get fast food, thus pumping out pollution, increasing frustration in the town centre and getting fat as a result. Perfect...
Given that such as scheme would naturally need a good level of consideration, you would think that there was signficant debate at the planning committee? No. The ward councillors failed to ask the plan to be debated and the officers agreed without further scrutiny.
A huge failure of democracy.