Objection to the plans for a drive thru Tim Hortons in Falkirk Central Retail Park
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Falkirk Council have recently received plans for the building of a Tim Hortons drive thru, in the Central Retail Park (in the above pictured area). The proposals they have received are for a coffee shop, with external seating area, and drive thru, all open from 6am to late.
Not only will the building of this establishment cause major disruption to the traffic and pedestrians in the retail park, but to the residents of Galloway Street and Galloway Court, who have battled with the serious noise pollution caused by 'cruisers' over the last decade.
As well as phase 1 of the retail park (where the proposed development would be situated) being specifically designated for retail only premises, an environmental impact study carried out in 2000 rejected previous proposals for a drive thru fast food establishment. It was established at this time that the noise pollution that residents were faced with after trading hours was on an industrial level.
Moreover, there would be a further impact on residents and the environment caused by:
- Idling cars – causing noise and emission pollution
- Air quality – coffee aromas produced from 7am – 11pm, 7 days a week as drive thru windows will be open all day releasing it into the air surrounding the drive thru and therefore into peoples homes. Affects residents quality of air and health.
- Return of boy/girl racers ('Cruisers') – currently found in phase 2 of the Retail Park which is not gated off during evenings/nights.
- Environmental Health and Pest Control – there are currently rat burrows in the bushes and shrubs surrounding the Tesco petrol station, which residents have reported to customer service desk in Tesco’s. Since Macdonalds drive thru was opened in phase 2 of the Retail Park, the number of seagulls has significantly increased and nesting around residents homes has caused serious problems. They are also aggressive, disruptive and extremely loud.
- Litter and leftover food dropped by customers will encourage more vermin to the Retail Park and our homes.
HGV (heavy goods vehicles) which are currently not allowed in the Retail Park – You will see Highway Code signs saying NO 7.5t lorries at all entrances to Central Retail park. All deliveries to all units are made via delivery roads at the rear of the Retail Park. The plans state that deliveries would be made at off-peak times accessing the Retail Park via Stewart Road and parking at the front of the proposed development. This raises serious safety concerns for pedestrians as deliveries are made into the car park and noise concerns for residents if it occurs during late night/early mornings.
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