McDonald’s in Dagenham could open 24 hours a day

The McDonald's branch could open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

The McDonald's branch could open 24 hours a day, seven days a week - Credit: Archant

Around the clock cravings for a Big Mac might be about to get satisfied.

The McDonald’s on the corner of Ballards Road and New Road, Dagenham, could be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if approved by the council on Monday night. The fast food restaurant and adjoining drive-thru currently closes at 1am.

Cllr Amardeep Singh Jamu and Cllr Eileen Keller have both submitted letters objecting to the proposals, with Cllr Jamu, who lives nearby, stating: “I have no doubts that we will never get any sleep if this licence variation is allowed to happen”.

He added: “The litter left by users is almost a health hazard at times and, despite the management sending out occasional patrols, my estate is constantly awash with their litter.

“At night we are plagued by young people revving their engines in their vehicles and causing noise pollution.”

But Cllr Peter Chand has backed the planned extension to opening hours, saying he “fully supported” the proposals.

He added that the manager organises regular litter picks and keeping the branch open would deter anti-social behaviour.

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A noise impact assessment by Sustainable Acoustics concluded that only a low impact is expected.

Actions planned to minimise noise issues include turning down the intercom system early in the morning, using an incident log to report issues to the police and displaying signs encouraging people to respect neighbouring properties.

A decision on the application will be made at the licensing sub-committee meeting at Barking Town Hall on Monday night.