McDonald’s hopes of building a two-storey Drive-Thru restaurant on the old tile warehouse on Fishponds Road were rejected by the city council in February on highway safety grounds.
Concerns were raised about road safety, disturbance, air quality, litter, noise and odour, and the health impact due to the proximity to several local schools.
In recent days, billboard posters advertising a McDonald’s Drive-Thru in emojis and with the words ‘good times’, main picture, have gone up at locations including next to the Bristol & Bath Railway Path near Morrisons, by Britannia Tyres’ depot at New Station Way, above, and in Easton, St Philips and on Two Mile Hill Road.
The No McDonald’s in Fishponds campaign said the “sheer audacity of McDonald’s was unbelievable and pledged: “We won’t be beaten that easily.”
At the time their plans were rejected McDonald’s said they were disappointed as a new restaurant would have created 65 new jobs and brought significant investment to the area.
A McDonald’s spokesperson told us “It is incorrect to suggest these adverts are only being used in one specific area of Bristol. The emoji-style ‘Good Times’ billboards are part of a national advertising campaign currently running throughout all of the UK.”
The strength of feeling about the proposed restaurant has brought the Fishponds community together and the site of the proposed Drive-Thru, above, has become a focal point.
Floral displays have been created at the front of the former tile warehouse site and there is colourful bunting and a We Love Fishponds sign.