Matlock split over plans for first McDonald's

Proposed site of McDonald's in Matlock Image copyright Google
Image caption The site McDonald's want to build a restaurant has been empty for a long time

Plans for a first branch of McDonald's in Matlock has divided residents with one business owner saying it will "attract yobs".

The fast food chain has submitted proposals to redevelop a disused unit on the A6 Bakewell Road.

Peter Wildgoose, a Matlock Town councillor, said the town was "crying out" for jobs.

In a statement, McDonald's said it had "changed much as a business" and would be a "good neighbour".

'Encourage footfall'

Andrew Wheatcroft, who runs an antiques shop, said: "Matlock, being an old-fashioned type of place, it's becoming a more of a commercialised shopping centre... I think it's attracting the wrong crowd.

"Having a McDonald's there will generally attract yobs."

Another resident, who did not give their name, said: "It's a nice historic place, we don't need a McDonald's.

"It would just take away [business] from the local cafes and restaurants."

However, Mr Wildgoose said: "It's got its pros and cons [and] obviously the jobs coming into the town is fantastic. Matlock is always crying out for new jobs.

"The site really needs to be redeveloped, it's one of the crucial areas, and McDonald's could encourage footfall in the town."

McDonald's said if planning permission is granted by Derbyshire Dales District Council its new restaurant would generate 65 jobs.

A spokesman said: "Our priority is to be a good neighbour, and to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and employees at all times.

"We take anti-social behaviour very seriously, and would work hard with local policing teams to tackle any issues."

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Image caption The former spa town of Matlock lies close to the Peak District

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