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Rutland, England's Only County Without A McDonald's, Is Getting A Drive-Thru

Delish UK logo Delish UK 15/01/2020 Anna Lewis
a close up of a sign: Local councillors have approved the application for a McDonald's drive-thru to be built on the outskirts of Oakham, meaning Rutland in the East Midlands, will no longer be the only county in England without a McDonald’s. © Getty Images Local councillors have approved the application for a McDonald's drive-thru to be built on the outskirts of Oakham, meaning Rutland in the East Midlands, will no longer be the only county in England without a McDonald’s.

There are McDonald’s branches just about everywhere in the world – there’s even one slap-bang in the middle of the Negev desert in Israel. But did you know that there’s still one county in England that’s McDonald’s-less? But not for long…

Yesterday (Tuesday 14 January), local councillors approved the application for a Maccies drive-thru to be built on the outskirts of Oakham, meaning Rutland in the East Midlands, will no longer be the only county in England without a McDonald’s.

A spokesperson for the fast food brand said it’s “delighted”, and that the plans had been met with a “great reception”.

One person who’s not happy with the decision is Charlie Pallett, who runs a blog about Rutland. He said: “Our high streets are scattered with wonderful independents that offer something unique... I think we don't need a McDonald's.

“Our county is the last one in England without one. I think that is really special."

a sign on the side of a building: Rutland, Britain's only county without a McDonald's, is getting a drive-thru © Getty Images Rutland, Britain's only county without a McDonald's, is getting a drive-thru

But others think it’s a great opportunity to create jobs, especially for the young people of Rutland.

Rutland resident Ella Peters told BBC East Midlands Today: “I think it is a positive thing in regard to bringing new jobs but I don't believe it is a good idea to bring fast food - it is not very good for children.

“I think it is better to support local compared to the big nationals.”

Chris Goodchild added: “I'm all for it. I think it's a load of nonsense we haven't got one already.

“The high street is full of charity shops and coffee bars, so what's the problem?”

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