Work begins on McDonald's drive-thru at Red Lion site in Totton

Work at the McDonald's restaurant in Totton

Work at the McDonald's restaurant in Totton

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IT sparked one of the biggest planning battles seen in a Hampshire town for years.

Scores of people objected after McDonald’s unveiled plans to transform derelict land in Commercial Road, Totton, by building a restaurant and drive-thru that will create at least 65 jobs.

But the controversial scheme was given the go-ahead last year, despite claims that the extra traffic would create a major road safety hazard.

Now work has finally started on the site, which is already sporting the famous “golden arches” sign.

The McDonald’s site was formerly occupied by the Red Lion pub, which was destroyed by fire shortly after it closed in 2010.

Plans to build a fast food outlet sparked a flood of objections from people worried about the risk of accidents involving vehicles emerging from the facility.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “The restaurant is expected to open in the summer and represents a significant investment in the area.

“It will also lead to the creation of at least 65 full and parttime jobs.”

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8:29am Fri 25 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Why do people feel the need to eat that stuff? Great coffee though
Why do people feel the need to eat that stuff? Great coffee though bigfella777
  • Score: -23

8:51am Fri 25 Apr 14

SaintAsh1964 says...

That must be the worst place to build a drive thru, on a sharp blind bend just before a Bus lane, its traffic chaos there at peak time now, never mind when you have lazy parents queueing up to get their kids Breakfast/Dinner/Tea
/Supper plus White van man ect ect, the queues on Millbrook roundabout getting in to KF's & MacD's are bad enough, who plans these things?
That must be the worst place to build a drive thru, on a sharp blind bend just before a Bus lane, its traffic chaos there at peak time now, never mind when you have lazy parents queueing up to get their kids Breakfast/Dinner/Tea /Supper plus White van man ect ect, the queues on Millbrook roundabout getting in to KF's & MacD's are bad enough, who plans these things? SaintAsh1964
  • Score: 31

8:56am Fri 25 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people feel the need to eat that stuff? Great coffee though
Whether you like McDonalds or not, they're geniuses and its a very easy career for life in which you can end up making a LOT of money very quickly. People scoff at it all the time but as an employer and company they're brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people feel the need to eat that stuff? Great coffee though[/p][/quote]Whether you like McDonalds or not, they're geniuses and its a very easy career for life in which you can end up making a LOT of money very quickly. People scoff at it all the time but as an employer and company they're brilliant. camerajuan
  • Score: 7

9:11am Fri 25 Apr 14

eurogordi says...

Old news. Building work started at least a month ago!
Old news. Building work started at least a month ago! eurogordi
  • Score: 15

11:03am Fri 25 Apr 14

crazylady80 says...

Supply and demand.....If people didn't eat it....They wouldn't build it......not great for people who use the road though. ....so sad to see tesco and macdonalds on every high street yet have to drive miles to find a fruit and veg shop.....
Supply and demand.....If people didn't eat it....They wouldn't build it......not great for people who use the road though. ....so sad to see tesco and macdonalds on every high street yet have to drive miles to find a fruit and veg shop..... crazylady80
  • Score: 22

11:56am Fri 25 Apr 14

acid drop says...

wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????
wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed????? acid drop
  • Score: 12

12:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

andyk77 says...

mmmmm quarter pounder with cheese.....nom nom nom
mmmmm quarter pounder with cheese.....nom nom nom andyk77
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

News Fanatic says...

Why do we have these awful Americanisms? It is drive-through in English.
Why do we have these awful Americanisms? It is drive-through in English. News Fanatic
  • Score: 9

12:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

crazylady80 wrote:
Supply and demand.....If people didn't eat it....They wouldn't build it......not great for people who use the road though. ....so sad to see tesco and macdonalds on every high street yet have to drive miles to find a fruit and veg shop.....
Agreed. What is shocking is that the government keep telling us not to eat junk food yet these places get approval left right and centre.

Smoking is also bad for you so they have to hide fags behind screens now yet junk food can be advertised as much as they like. I'm pretty sure obesity kills more than smoking, so lets have more and more junk food places.
[quote][p][bold]crazylady80[/bold] wrote: Supply and demand.....If people didn't eat it....They wouldn't build it......not great for people who use the road though. ....so sad to see tesco and macdonalds on every high street yet have to drive miles to find a fruit and veg shop.....[/p][/quote]Agreed. What is shocking is that the government keep telling us not to eat junk food yet these places get approval left right and centre. Smoking is also bad for you so they have to hide fags behind screens now yet junk food can be advertised as much as they like. I'm pretty sure obesity kills more than smoking, so lets have more and more junk food places. IronLady2010
  • Score: 10

12:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

sotontotty says...

why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road!
why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road! sotontotty
  • Score: 11

1:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

sotontotty wrote:
why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road!
I believe it's due to the fact that Asda are kicking them out to bring in their own cafe, so they wanted another venue.
[quote][p][bold]sotontotty[/bold] wrote: why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road![/p][/quote]I believe it's due to the fact that Asda are kicking them out to bring in their own cafe, so they wanted another venue. IronLady2010
  • Score: -1

1:02pm Fri 25 Apr 14

good-gosh says...

Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.
Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food. good-gosh
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

good-gosh wrote:
Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.
This makes an interesting read......
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/finance/28804
14/One-month-of-McDo
nalds-turns-mans-liv
er-to-pate.html
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.[/p][/quote]This makes an interesting read...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/finance/28804 14/One-month-of-McDo nalds-turns-mans-liv er-to-pate.html IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

acid drop wrote:
wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????
If you have concerns about underhand practices you should go to the Police about them not throw baseless accusations anonymously on a local newspaper website.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????[/p][/quote]If you have concerns about underhand practices you should go to the Police about them not throw baseless accusations anonymously on a local newspaper website. Torchie1
  • Score: -2

2:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

speedicut says...

Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.
Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times. speedicut
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

good-gosh says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
good-gosh wrote:
Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.
This makes an interesting read......
http://www.telegraph

.co.uk/finance/28804

14/One-month-of-McDo

nalds-turns-mans-liv

er-to-pate.html
Ah, yes, that was interesting - that was a 30 day experimental binge with no other intake. Not surprising as food should include a wide variety over each week or two. I experimented for 30 days by eating nothing but bread and butter - came out in boils. Again, not surprising but equally interesting to experience the effects.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.[/p][/quote]This makes an interesting read...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/finance/28804 14/One-month-of-McDo nalds-turns-mans-liv er-to-pate.html[/p][/quote]Ah, yes, that was interesting - that was a 30 day experimental binge with no other intake. Not surprising as food should include a wide variety over each week or two. I experimented for 30 days by eating nothing but bread and butter - came out in boils. Again, not surprising but equally interesting to experience the effects. good-gosh
  • Score: 4

2:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

good-gosh wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
good-gosh wrote:
Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.
This makes an interesting read......
http://www.telegraph


.co.uk/finance/28804


14/One-month-of-McDo


nalds-turns-mans-liv


er-to-pate.html
Ah, yes, that was interesting - that was a 30 day experimental binge with no other intake. Not surprising as food should include a wide variety over each week or two. I experimented for 30 days by eating nothing but bread and butter - came out in boils. Again, not surprising but equally interesting to experience the effects.
There are many families who eat this food every day. Sadly there are plenty of mothers who don't cook fresh food, it comes out of a tin or the fryer. You often spot them with fat legs and black leggings ;-)
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.[/p][/quote]This makes an interesting read...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/finance/28804 14/One-month-of-McDo nalds-turns-mans-liv er-to-pate.html[/p][/quote]Ah, yes, that was interesting - that was a 30 day experimental binge with no other intake. Not surprising as food should include a wide variety over each week or two. I experimented for 30 days by eating nothing but bread and butter - came out in boils. Again, not surprising but equally interesting to experience the effects.[/p][/quote]There are many families who eat this food every day. Sadly there are plenty of mothers who don't cook fresh food, it comes out of a tin or the fryer. You often spot them with fat legs and black leggings ;-) IronLady2010
  • Score: 3

2:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

good-gosh says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
good-gosh wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
good-gosh wrote:
Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.
This makes an interesting read......
http://www.telegraph



.co.uk/finance/28804



14/One-month-of-McDo



nalds-turns-mans-liv



er-to-pate.html
Ah, yes, that was interesting - that was a 30 day experimental binge with no other intake. Not surprising as food should include a wide variety over each week or two. I experimented for 30 days by eating nothing but bread and butter - came out in boils. Again, not surprising but equally interesting to experience the effects.
There are many families who eat this food every day. Sadly there are plenty of mothers who don't cook fresh food, it comes out of a tin or the fryer. You often spot them with fat legs and black leggings ;-)
One burger a fortnight is OK – it’s the same for fillet steak, strawberries or any other passionate indulgence.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with a burger meal – bread, minced meat, cheese, lettuce tomato and potato – perfectly adequate food.[/p][/quote]This makes an interesting read...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/finance/28804 14/One-month-of-McDo nalds-turns-mans-liv er-to-pate.html[/p][/quote]Ah, yes, that was interesting - that was a 30 day experimental binge with no other intake. Not surprising as food should include a wide variety over each week or two. I experimented for 30 days by eating nothing but bread and butter - came out in boils. Again, not surprising but equally interesting to experience the effects.[/p][/quote]There are many families who eat this food every day. Sadly there are plenty of mothers who don't cook fresh food, it comes out of a tin or the fryer. You often spot them with fat legs and black leggings ;-)[/p][/quote]One burger a fortnight is OK – it’s the same for fillet steak, strawberries or any other passionate indulgence. good-gosh
  • Score: 2

2:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

Torchie1 wrote:
acid drop wrote:
wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????
If you have concerns about underhand practices you should go to the Police about them not throw baseless accusations anonymously on a local newspaper website.
Get a life
It was prob said tongue in cheek as it usually is whenever a large companies are given planning permission
I suppose in your little world nothing like that ever happens,does it!
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????[/p][/quote]If you have concerns about underhand practices you should go to the Police about them not throw baseless accusations anonymously on a local newspaper website.[/p][/quote]Get a life It was prob said tongue in cheek as it usually is whenever a large companies are given planning permission I suppose in your little world nothing like that ever happens,does it! bullsbags
  • Score: 2

2:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

bullsbags wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
acid drop wrote:
wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????
If you have concerns about underhand practices you should go to the Police about them not throw baseless accusations anonymously on a local newspaper website.
Get a life
It was prob said tongue in cheek as it usually is whenever a large companies are given planning permission
I suppose in your little world nothing like that ever happens,does it!
Are you sure it's not you that is taking things too seriously and needs to 'get a life'?
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: wonder how big the backhander was to get the plans passed?????[/p][/quote]If you have concerns about underhand practices you should go to the Police about them not throw baseless accusations anonymously on a local newspaper website.[/p][/quote]Get a life It was prob said tongue in cheek as it usually is whenever a large companies are given planning permission I suppose in your little world nothing like that ever happens,does it![/p][/quote]Are you sure it's not you that is taking things too seriously and needs to 'get a life'? Torchie1
  • Score: -4

2:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

speedicut wrote:
Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.
Was any special provision made for these manoeuvres when the Red Lion pub was operating on this site?
[quote][p][bold]speedicut[/bold] wrote: Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.[/p][/quote]Was any special provision made for these manoeuvres when the Red Lion pub was operating on this site? Torchie1
  • Score: 6

2:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

cornishkev says...

sotontotty wrote:
why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road!
I blame Mc UKIP
[quote][p][bold]sotontotty[/bold] wrote: why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road![/p][/quote]I blame Mc UKIP cornishkev
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

good-gosh says...

Torchie1 wrote:
speedicut wrote:
Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.
Was any special provision made for these manoeuvres when the Red Lion pub was operating on this site?
How to exit right safely on a busy 30 mph road : Wait till there is no traffic in view from the right, move SLOWLY out - half across the road - and stop. Traffic that subsequently turns up from the right is obliged to stop and wait. Look left, wait for a 50 yard gap in the traffic from the left, move into the gap to complete the turn and proceed away smoothly.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedicut[/bold] wrote: Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.[/p][/quote]Was any special provision made for these manoeuvres when the Red Lion pub was operating on this site?[/p][/quote]How to exit right safely on a busy 30 mph road : Wait till there is no traffic in view from the right, move SLOWLY out - half across the road - and stop. Traffic that subsequently turns up from the right is obliged to stop and wait. Look left, wait for a 50 yard gap in the traffic from the left, move into the gap to complete the turn and proceed away smoothly. good-gosh
  • Score: -4

2:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

southy says...

sotontotty wrote:
why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road!
Not even 3 miles apart.
[quote][p][bold]sotontotty[/bold] wrote: why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road![/p][/quote]Not even 3 miles apart. southy
  • Score: 0

3:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

freefinker says...

I'd only drive through a McDonalds in a bulldozer.
I'd only drive through a McDonalds in a bulldozer. freefinker
  • Score: 8

4:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

adamjake1973 says...

Like we need another fast food restaurant in this city, aren't adults and kids fat enough already:(
Like we need another fast food restaurant in this city, aren't adults and kids fat enough already:( adamjake1973
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

solomum says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
sotontotty wrote:
why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road!
I believe it's due to the fact that Asda are kicking them out to bring in their own cafe, so they wanted another venue.
The one in Asda is a franchise, so this one is a completely separate operation. Also the Asda one has had a recent makeover. I fear that both will stay.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotontotty[/bold] wrote: why do they need a macdonalds there for anyway? there's one less than 5 mins down the road![/p][/quote]I believe it's due to the fact that Asda are kicking them out to bring in their own cafe, so they wanted another venue.[/p][/quote]The one in Asda is a franchise, so this one is a completely separate operation. Also the Asda one has had a recent makeover. I fear that both will stay. solomum
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

solomum says...

Torchie1 wrote:
speedicut wrote:
Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.
Was any special provision made for these manoeuvres when the Red Lion pub was operating on this site?
The Red Lion did not have hundreds of cars trying to turn into it.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedicut[/bold] wrote: Don't really care that's a McDonalds - my main concern is the right hand turn that you will have to make if you are exiting the site going back into Totton and if indeed if you are driving into the site from the same heading. This will not be easy during the peak times.[/p][/quote]Was any special provision made for these manoeuvres when the Red Lion pub was operating on this site?[/p][/quote]The Red Lion did not have hundreds of cars trying to turn into it. solomum
  • Score: 6

5:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

adamjake1973 wrote:
Like we need another fast food restaurant in this city, aren't adults and kids fat enough already:(
I second that, but it's all about supply and demand I'm afraid :(
[quote][p][bold]adamjake1973[/bold] wrote: Like we need another fast food restaurant in this city, aren't adults and kids fat enough already:([/p][/quote]I second that, but it's all about supply and demand I'm afraid :( 03alpe01
  • Score: 1

11:33pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Stubs says...

I see people in mc Donald's just scuffing themselves stupid. They just shovel food in their mouths with both hands and get it down their necks as fast as possible. Why is it these days you see these fat slobs where these black leggings and these massive stomachs which overhang to their knees. All they think about is getting a burger in their big fat gobs.
I see people in mc Donald's just scuffing themselves stupid. They just shovel food in their mouths with both hands and get it down their necks as fast as possible. Why is it these days you see these fat slobs where these black leggings and these massive stomachs which overhang to their knees. All they think about is getting a burger in their big fat gobs. Stubs
  • Score: 2

9:30am Sun 27 Apr 14

forest hump says...

Stubs wrote:
I see people in mc Donald's just scuffing themselves stupid. They just shovel food in their mouths with both hands and get it down their necks as fast as possible. Why is it these days you see these fat slobs where these black leggings and these massive stomachs which overhang to their knees. All they think about is getting a burger in their big fat gobs.
Good to see a balanced opinion
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: I see people in mc Donald's just scuffing themselves stupid. They just shovel food in their mouths with both hands and get it down their necks as fast as possible. Why is it these days you see these fat slobs where these black leggings and these massive stomachs which overhang to their knees. All they think about is getting a burger in their big fat gobs.[/p][/quote]Good to see a balanced opinion forest hump
  • Score: 0

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