AFTER multiple objections due to litter concerns from residents McDonald's have issued a statement regarding the rubbish it could potentially create.

Plans to open a McDonald’s at Oubas Hill in Ulverston - next to the Booths supermarket - have been in the works for more than two years after a number of delays, but there were a number of concerns in regard to litter.

When the plans were first brought to South Lakeland District Council, there were 157 letters of objection, plus 47 letters and a petition in support.

However, the planning committee still recommended the fast food giant for approval.

Concerns from objectors were raised over the impact on local businesses, consequent environmental and health factors such as litter-dropping and obesity levels, as well as the new site affecting traffic congestion on the nearby A590.

A McDonald’s Spokesperson said: “To help combat litter, the restaurant team carries out at least three litter patrols a day, as do all of our restaurants across the UK. All of our restaurant crew members are trained in how to dispose of litter effectively and provided with a litter patrol route to follow which includes details of any potential litter hot spots.

"During these daily and frequent patrols, all types of litter is collected, not just packaging originating from our restaurants.

"Large bins will also be located outside of our restaurant for customers to use to dispose of any litter.

“We also encourage customers to inform our crew members of any litter spotted in the area surrounding our restaurant and we will act immediately to remove it.”

Construction work on the restaurant was originally due to start in late 2019; however, work was put on hold.

A spokeswoman for McDonald’s revealed recently that it is now progressing with plans and hoping to start construction work later this year.

She said: “We are pleased to be progressing with our plans and hope to start building works later this year.”

The plans have also been put forward to SLDC to install six fascia signs outside the soon to-be-built McDonald’s restaurant.

The site, containing a restaurant and drive-thru, is expected to create at least 65 full and part-time jobs for local people.