This website was created in response to plans to build a drive through Burger King on the site of the former West End Police Station on Westgate Road, Newcastle.
Local residents were strongly opposed to this proposal for the following reasons:
- increased traffic
- increased air pollution
- reduced road safety for children
- promotion of unhealthy food
The drive through restaurant would significantly increase traffic very close to a busy pedestrian crossing in close proximity to three schools.
Four bus stops, outside of the proposed Burger King site, are on children’s school routes.
More traffic on feeder roads, junctions, crossings, bus stops and residential streets represent serious safety concerns.
The proposed site represents an opportunity for a developer to enhance the West End of the city and build something that would provide an amenity and resource for our community.
A fast food drive through restaurant of any description in a residential area with the highest levels of fast food outlets close to primary and secondary schools and bus stops is an unthinkable proposition for the city. If it had been granted it would have set a precedent in the area.
Planning applications for the site were submitted twice. The first in August 2019 and the second in July 2020. There were 183 objections to the original planning application and 900 signatories to a petition. The second application received 137 objections, showing the strength of feeling in the local community.