A fast-food chain’s plan to open its branch in Broughton Shopping Park 24 hours a day has met with strong opposition from local residents. Canadian company Tim Hortons, well known for its range of coffees and donuts, opened its first restaurant in North Wales in the business park in December last year.
The drive-thru is based in the former Carphone Warehouse and is currently allowed to open from 6am to 11pm every weekday. He is now seeking permission to amend his license to serve food and drink to customers all night, seven days a week.
However, neighbors raised concerns that it would cause noise issues and attract male runners. It comes after residents claimed they faced similar issues with the nearby McDonald’s restaurant, which already has 24/7 opening hours.
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In a letter to Flintshire Council, Alisha Mcloughlin, who lives opposite the site, said: ‘The reason for this objection is not just pedestrian safety, as large lorries and lorries park outside my house on the pavement to go there at night, which makes it impossible to walk safely down the street and very dangerous to cross the 30mph road that runners use as a running track. It is also the noise that this will cause to me and my family who live opposite this premises.
Some naysayers have raised concerns about the sale of alcohol at the restaurant, but the company has made it clear that no alcohol will be available. North Wales Police and the local authority raised no issues with the request.
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In a report to councilors who must decide on plans, a council official said police had received few reports of crime in the area. Andrew Farrow, Chief Planning, Environment and Economy Officer, said: ‘North Wales Police have been asked to comment on points raised in letters of representation regarding anti-social behavior and public order.
“They have confirmed that since 2022 there has been an incident related to Tim Hortons and it was a safety concern and not actually related to the premises themselves. The only other occurrence in the area was an incident at 11 p.m. in the McDonald’s parking lot involving two cars and when security was called, but they couldn’t see any cars and didn’t know of any.
A decision will be made on the application at a meeting of the Board Licensing Subcommittee to be held on Thursday (June 30, 2022).