Matlock’s new McDonalds hit by delays

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The new McDonalds to be built in Matlock has been delayed by at least a month as the fast-food chain has confirmed developers have run into difficulties before breaking ground.

Part of a developer-led site incorporating a wine merchant, construction of a new McDonalds was due to start in May, with a completion date at the end of the summer and an opening date of January 2016.

But the planned groundbreaking at the site has been delayed, confirmed McDonalds.

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A spokesperson said: “There is a delay in construction which is due to the tenant, but once technicalities are ironed out we can begin construction.

Director of site owners William Twigg Matlock Ltd, Richard Tarbatt, said: “We’re very keen to progress it but we have been held up by matters beyond our control.

“We applied for a stopping up order in January, and we’ve heard today that we’re within days of receiving it and then we can get back on track with a plan which has taken a lot longer because of bureaucracy.”

And Mr Tarbatt hopes, alongside other developments in Matlock’s centre, with a new M&S on the way, the new restaurant is a positive sign.

He added: “We see it as a very positive launchpad for new household-name businesses coming to Matlock and we’re delighted to hear that M&S will be coming as well.

“The overwhelming response that we received on social media and at the planning stage was very positive, the vast majority of people want to see this happen.”

Residents were keen to see the disused car wash and MOT garage “eyesore” be replaced.

But the development, incorporating a McDonalds and a wine merchant, was strongly opposed by nearby residents before planning permission was granted.

Elizabeth Wilson, who lives opposite the site on Bakewell Road, said during consultation: “People live here, we don’t want businesses open in the evening and preferably not on Sundays. It is almost impossible to sell along that part of the road now.”

The spokesperson for McDonalds added: “Our new restaurant will provide significant investment for Matlock and is expected to open early 2016, with construction work beginning over the summer.

“The new opening will create at least 65 new jobs and we’re excited to develop a long and positive relationship with the local community.”