Rutland locals react with fury as first-ever McDonald's is confirmed

Rutland locals have reacted with fury after their first ever McDonald's has been confirmed for England's smallest county.

Councillors approved plans for the burger chain to open a branch on the outskirts of the town of Oakham, on Tuesday.

The planning application for the restaurant attracted a 50 objections, and a McFlurry of concerns the new eatery would increase anti-social behaviour.

Objections to the restaurant - that will create around 65 jobs - have continued on social media will locals saying its 'disappointing' and they will 'vote out' councillors at the next election.

The planning application for the restaurant attracted a 50 objections, and a McFlurry of concerns the new eatery would increase anti-social behaviour (stock image)

The planning application for the restaurant attracted a 50 objections, and a McFlurry of concerns the new eatery would increase anti-social behaviour (stock image)

Locals on social media have reacted with annoyance after the council approved the planning application

Locals on social media have reacted with annoyance after the council approved the planning application

The planning application for the restaurant attracted a 50 objections, and a McFlurry of concerns the new eatery would increase anti-social behaviour

The planning application for the restaurant attracted a 50 objections, and a McFlurry of concerns the new eatery would increase anti-social behaviour

Twitter user Matt Denny said: 'Sad day for Rutland, but oh ho hum it was always going to be passed by the council, they can't say no.'

Red Moon said: 'Shame of members of Rutland County Council.'

And Anna Douthwaite said: 'Why? There are so many places selling nutritious delicious decent food & you just voted for a junk food outlet!

'Clearly don't care about the obesity of environmental issues. Certainly not going to listen to the people of Rutland. Disappointing but not unexpected.' 

The planning application was recommended for approval in a report which was presented to Rutland County Council's planning committee on Tuesday evening - with councillors eventually giving it the go-ahead after an hour's worth of debate.

The report, which said 23 submissions had been received in support of the application, states: 'The design and layout of the proposal is appropriate in the area.

Objections to the restaurant - that will create around 65 jobs - have continued on social media will locals saying its 'disappointing' and they will 'vote out' councillors at the next election

Objections to the restaurant - that will create around 65 jobs - have continued on social media will locals saying its 'disappointing' and they will 'vote

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