The prospective franchisee of the new A47 McDonalds store near Norwich says his local links will ensure litter problems will not follow the opening of the fast-food outlet.

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Kevin Foley, who also owns the franchise for the McDonald’s stores in Tuckswood and near Norwich airport, has got family links to the new store’s two nearest villages, Brundall and Blofield.

As reported in Saturday’s Evening News, the former Little Chef restaurant off the A47 Brundall roundabout is to be converted into a McDonald’s store, with work due to begin at the end of January.

Mr Foley intends to get tough on litter louts once the store opens – with a current provisional opening date scheduled for mid-April and around 65 jobs set to be created.

Mr Foley, who is due to put pen to paper for his third store this week, said: “Litter is a general UK problem but with McDonald’s, because we have our branding all over our products, we get noticed more than anyone else.

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Daisy Roots

Brilliant. Whatever you might think about McDonald’s you cannot escape the fact that without them any long distance drives on trunk roads would be misery. They are usually the only services open very early and the only places open very late.

Member

Not happy. I live in the area. The last thing we want on our doorstop is a McDonald’s. A drive-in means people will buy food, take it away, find a layby to eat it in or eat as they go along and then throw their rubbish out of the car window. I think there will be loads more rubbish in the area.

Barbydi

I think it is great news – it means jobs and the area really needs jobs. Their coffee is great too!

City Till I Die

McDonald’s doesnt create litter, it’s the thoughtless people that use it who throw their rubbish on the streets without any thought for local residents.

Harry Rabinowitz

At least the premises have been saved and a handy stop is back in business.

“I want us to be a good neighbour. My two stores in Norwich I would like to think are good neighbours. We do what we can, we have litter pickers and our caretakers do two litter walks a day and walk fairly long distances.

“It’s an important part of our business and we have to make sure that we tidy up after ourselves, but also after our customers.”

There is a further incentive for Mr Foley to ensure his new store doesn’t bring fresh litter to the area – his sister lives in Blofield and his father in Brundall.

Mr Foley, who also confirmed he plans the store to be open 24 hours a day because of a pre-existing licence permission from when the store was a Little Chef, added: “I know Brundall is very conscious of litter anyway and I know there is a lady in the village called Wynne who has worked tirelessly against litter.

“So I certainly wouldn’t want one of my stores to affect that.”

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14 comments

  • Rubbish. The amount of MacDonalds litter has nothing to do with their branding. It has everything to do with drive through take aways and people just throwing their discarded MacDonalds bags and drink containers out of the window. It is all part of the MacDonald throw-away culture. Walk or cycle down most Norfolk roads near a MacDonald takeaway and you'll know what I mean. MacDonalds should pay for clearing up the mess. Who does this guy think he is to be able to control the actions of hose responsible when they leave his "restaurant"?!

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    MarkMyWords

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • @MarkMyWords - "MacDonalds should pay for clearing up the mess" - why should they pay when in fact it's the people who threw them away in the 1st place. You will see a can of coke in the street - does it mean Coca-Cola should also pay to clean it up? Or a Waitrose plastic bag floating about - should Waitrose pay for it too? At the end of the day, it's the PEOPLE who are TOO LAZY to take them home and put them in their own bins.

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    Tony Sutton

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • @micklynn. My son used to work for McDonalds, their pay exceeds minimum wage and the support they offer to their staff and incentives are amazing. The rubbish problem has nothing to do with McDonalds it's the lazy people that can't be bothered to dispose of their litter. The positioning of the restaurant is superb. Also it creates jobs, we should be patting McDonalds on the back for the employment their restaurants create in our region.

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    Lesa

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Mr Jessett, Please let me know which store this is and, if not one of mine, I will pass on your concerns to the other franchisee in Norwich.

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    KevinFoley

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Mr Foley obviously knows there is a problem otherwise he would not have made such a statement, all he is trying to do is divert attention and suggest that MacDonalds litter is more obvious due to their packaging. This is rubbish. And, yes, Tony Sutton, Waitrose and Coca Cola should pay or introduce alternative packaging or a levy towards waste disposal. I choose not to buy take away food but I have to pay indirectly for their waste disposal though Council Tax and put up with their rubbish in the countryside. I believe there IS more MacDonalds rubbish discarded out of cars than from other sources - and they DO have a responsibility and I think Mr Foley knows this

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    MarkMyWords

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • "Who does this guy think he is to be able to control the actions of hose responsible when they leave his "restaurant"?!" @MarkMyWords I think he is a franchise holder prepared to exercise a responsible outlook. What would you do in his position? Nothing?

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    Musto_Fan

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Lets hear from Wynne.

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    City Boy

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • "... all he is trying to do is divert attention and suggest that MacDonalds litter is more obvious due to their packaging." @MarkMyWords Mr Foley is suggesting nothing of the sort. Interesting reasoning: the onus is on McDonalds to take full responsibility for the litter, but less so on the selfish individuals who won't dispose of it in the proper way? Mr Foley is not showing a refusal to face this issue, so your problem is?

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    Musto_Fan

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • We live near McDonalds Tuckswood, and we recently spent a half day with their staff, doing a litter pick in the area with our local Cubs and Beavers. I was amazed to find they do two litter picks a day, and they don't JUST pick their own rubbish. On the day we were with them we cleared several local roads, a woodland area and part of Lakenham Way. They collected a huge number of bags of rubbish, and I reckon more than half of it was NOT their packaging. There were a lot of drink cans, some empty or half full bottles of alcohol, discarded clothing and shoes, general household waste. Makes me wonder who left it there, and why!! We learned a lot about the store policy on litter and it was a pleasure to spend time with the friendly, helpful and responsible staff. It's not McDonalds fault that people are too lazy or irresponsible to clear up after themselves, and it's not their responsiblity to clear up after car drivers who dump stuff out of their windows. Surely that's a police matter if they happen to see them do it? I work close to the city centre and the amount of rubbish from ALL the fast food outlets which is on the pavements each morning is disgraceful. The car park I use is regularly littered with pizza boxes and polystyrene packaging, often with food still in them, but I have never seen anyone from any of those places out there with a bin bag!!! Thats all cleared by the City Council workmen..... So credit where it's due, at least Mr Foley is making the effort.

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    Carol Bolton

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I think its good news that the disused building will be put to use again and it will make a good stopping point for people on the way to and from Gt Yarmouth. It will create jobs and I imagine the rubbish issue will be closely monitored by the residents of Blofield and Brundall and if there are problems they obviously have Mr Foley's prophesy to use to argue their case.

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    Mrs Meldrew

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Near the McDonalds where I live the street adjacent to it was always full of trash until the place closed down for remodeling, then the trash was gone. Now the store is open again, and guess what? Trash everywhere once more. McDonalds attracts the slobs of this world.

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    kenneth jessett

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • where is the nearest macdonalds to cromer?? i often see discarded macdonald rubbish along the holt road out of cromer and often think why hasnt the flytipper put thier rubbish in thier own bin at home??

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Mr Jessett, Please let me know which store this is and, if not one of mine, I will pass on your concerns to the other franchisee in Norwich.

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    KevinFoley

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • And this is news? More like an advert for a company that does nothing but exploit its staff and customers. Not to mention the environmental terrorism it commits all over the world.

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    micklynn

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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