Campaigners rally against fast-food plan as over 500 sign objection letters

More than 80 campaigners at a public meeting at Tingley Working Men's Club on November 10.

More than 80 campaigners at a public meeting at Tingley Working Men's Club on November 10.

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Campaigners are rallying for their fifth battle against controversial plans to build a fast food restaurant.

A new application was submitted to Leeds City Council in October, by planning consultant Planware, to develop a McDonald’s restaurant at the former White Bear pub site in Tingley.

However, campaigners, residents and councillors have collected more than 500 letters of objection to the proposals.

The application, which has been altered, but submitted for the same site for the fifth time, is expected to be heard at the council’s South and West Plans Panel on December 10.

Morley town councillor Wyn Kidger, who has campaigned against the plans since the first application, said: “This is the fifth time we have fought this and it has gone on for five years now.

“People are just fed up of it all now, we just don’t want it full stop and everyone is up in arms about it.

“So far we have had around 500 letters of objection and there are still more coming through.”

More than 80 campaigners gathered for a public meeting at Tingley Working Men’s Club on November 10 to discuss the plans.

Coun Kidger said there had been anti-social behaviour at proposed site.

She added: “We have had anti-social behaviour, trouble and break-ins at the site and it does need to be built on.

“We welcome development but just not a McDonald’s.”

The plans propose to demolish the existing building and erect a two-storey restaurant.

Another public meeting is being organised for the start of December.