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Concerns over new Monmouth development

Businesses in Monmouth have criticised a plan to build a development on the edge of the town, which includes a fast-food restaurant.

Monmouth businesses raise concerns over potential fast-food restaurant

McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain with more than 34,000 restaurants worldwide Credit: PA Images

Owners of independent shops and cafes in Monmouth say they're worried they'll lose business if plans to build a McDonalds on the outskirts of town go ahead.

The suggested development would also include a pub, a coffee chain and a new vets.

Despite opposition to the plans, others argue the development will be good news for the local economy.

McDonalds say their outlet alone would create up to 65 jobs.

The planning application is still being considered.

Monmouthshire council says whatever the outcome, all measures will be taken to ensure the town's economy is not undermined.

Sharon Brace, a local cafe owner said:

"I chose to set up in Monmouth is because there's so many small independent retailers.

"There's a real support for that in the town and what worries me is if a McDonald's is built on the outskirts, you're going to get a lot of people passing Monmouth completely and missing out on all the wonderful trade we've got here."

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