Clean bill of health for burger drive-thru

Gary Jefferies

Work on a new drive-thru McDonald’s restaurant in Tonbridge, which is expected to create more than 65 jobs in the town, is due to begin within weeks.

The fast-food chain gained permission for its latest outlet in Cannon Lane last November, despite reports that toxic asbestos was present on the site.

As a result, environmental studies by consultancy firm AECOM, recommended that decontamination work should as part of the site’s regeneration.

Councillors approved plans for a single-storey development, which is expected to operate seven days a week on a 24-hour basis. The site was formerly the base of homelessness charity, The Bridge Trust.

Rumours began circulating that the existing High Street McDonald’s would close once the drive-thru opened, but the fast food company has con? rmed that there are no plans to shut down the town outlet.

The Times understands that Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council plans to crack down on illegal parking surrounding the current restaurant.

Drivers often stop on double yellow lines outside in to pick up meals. Once the high street regeneration is complete, the council wants to ensure there is no traf? c congestion by enforcing parking regulations.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “We will begin preparing our site in spring. The main construction will take place in the summer and autumn, and we expect work to be completed towards the end of this year.”

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