Councillor objects to fast food restaurant

Councillor Gary O'Rorke
Councillor Gary O'Rorke

A councillor has submitted an objection to Burger King’s plans to open a drive-through near Wishaw General Hospital.

Last month the fast food giant submitted their application to North Lanarkshire Council for a restaurant behind the BP garage at 408 Glasgow Road, replacing the existing Jet car wash.

However, Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Gary O’Rorke has concerns over the Burger King being situated on a busy road, safety of young customers, quality of life for nearby care home residents and vermin.

In his objection he said: “The prospect of a fast food outlet at this location would inevitably cause the regular back up of traffic onto Glasgow Road resulting in problems to traffic flow approaching both Wishaw town centre and more importantly Wishaw General Hospital.

“Consider young children making their way through a busy garage forecourt filled with cars and vans en route to the outlet for a burger.

“Furthermore this site boundaries Beechwood Court nursing home which houses a significant number of elderly and infirm residents, there will be no doubt that this will have a detrimental effect on their quality of life.

“There is also a potential health concern in that any discarded food attracts vermin including foxes, seagulls and rats.”