Negativity doesn't harm McDonald's popularity

NOT everyone seemed to agree with Ipswich City Council's recent decision to refuse a certain fast-food chain's development application at Raceview.

As you may have read in last Thursday's QT, Ipswich City Council turned down the application for a McDonald's restaurant, citing inappropriate zoning and the objections of dozens of local residents.

We welcome contrasting points of view here, and it was good to hear a few of them regarding this particularly tempting subject. While McDonald's has been the subject of some negative publicity - mainly regarding nutrition - it hasn't had too much of an impact on its popularity - at least judging by the number of vehicles you see lined up at the drive-through on the way home from work.

That being said, I believe the debate around this particular restaurant was as much about the residential zoning of the area, rather than any concerns about public health.

Having recently lived within a stone's throw of the Booval McDonald's, I can tell you a thing or two about the convenience and inconvenience of being so close. It is for this reason that I sympathise with arguments both for and against. By the way, you should keep reading the QT this week for an update on what is going to happen with that vacant site at the corner of Cascade and Raceview streets. An announcement is pending.

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