Welwyn Garden City McDonald's blasted over festering rubbish
PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 September 2017
A WGC resident has blasted the town's McDonald's, claiming she's "definitely not 'lovin' it" repeatedly leaving rubbish strewn near her home.
Alison Corner, 51, lives in a flat next to the fast food chain’s rear entrance, and has told the WHT that despite numerous complaints since 2015 it is still allowing its rubbish to pile up.
“I’m too embarrassed to invite friends and family to visit because of the amount of rubbish strewn all over,” she said.
“I’m at a point where I no longer want to live there. It seems that no matter how many complaints they receive they fall on deaf ears.”
School business manager Alison showed the WHT a previous letter from McDonald’s saying it would look into the problem, but she claimed that although it may temporarily stay clean, eventually the “disgusting” mess returns.
“Having to step over ripped refuse bags with food waste seeping out isn’t my idea of fun on a Monday morning as I head to catch a train.
“Coming back when it is dark is also risky with rats scurrying about.”
She added: “It’s quite possible that vermin are running around inside. It was so bad a few years ago that rats nested in the bonnet of my car and chewed through wires.
“The smell can also be nauseating. I’m definitely not ‘lovin’ it’ – I’m sick of it!”
A spokeswoman for WGC’s McDonald’s said: “We are aware of a recent incident where unfortunately excess waste in our bin collection area was not removed during our standard contractor visit.
“Our staff acted to ensure the rubbish was quickly and efficiently removed from the area within hours of the collection taking place.
“We are not aware of any ongoing issues with litter in the area surrounding our Welwyn Garden City restaurant. Our priority is to be a good neighbour and we remain committed to playing our part in tackling rubbish.
“We would encourage customers to inform our restaurant team of any litter spotted in the surrounding areas and we will ensure this is removed.”
A council spokeswoman said: “Businesses are responsible for their trade waste collections and ensuring waste is stored correctly.
“We will be contacting McDonald’s to ensure that they have the correct agreements in place for the collection of their waste.”
She added that any residents concerned over trade waste should report it to the council by calling 01707 357000 or emailing email@example.com.