For the past month there have been rumours rumbling that McDonald’s were interested in taking over the recently closed Harvester site opposite Llanishen Leisure Centre. Well, after McDonald’s publicly denying it, they’ve now confirmed it with a bundle of planning applications.
Despite assurances from McDonald’s only a few weeks ago that they were not going to be taking over the former Harvester site, they have gone ahead and submitted several planning applications.
It’s very disappointing that McDonald’s have been releasing inaccurate information about their intentions with the site – obfuscating the community is not on!
Located just a few hundred metres from the gates of Coed Glas Primary School, and less than half a mile from Llanishen High, this will be the closet McDonald’s to a school in the whole of Cardiff. It will also be closer to houses than any other McDonald’s in Cardiff. And, of course just across the road from a Leisure Centre.
Goliath corporations like McDonald’s are of course fully entitled to look after their interests and pursue commercial opportunities that they think will be fruitful. But it is very difficult to see what good will come of a McDonald’s wedged between a Leisure Centre and a Primary School.
We’ve gone from having no fast food outlets in Llanishen, to potentially having 3 in less than 3 years. This rapid change is inevitably going to lead to additional challenges for the community, many of which aren’t obvious right now – but will be over the coming years.
Lots of us like to have the occasional unhealthy meal, but there are enough McDonalds’ across the city for our unhealthy desires to be accommodated – along with a chip shop just up the road from this site.
You can take a look at the planning applications and submit any comments you may have by clicking on the links below: