Lake Macquarie Council has decided to allow the McDonalds Restaurant at Swansea to trade 24 hours a day, despite concerns from nearby residents.

However, it’s not a final decision, with council approving a 12 month trial to extend the opening hours of the drive -through only, NOT the entire restaurant.

A petition of 52 residents was presented to council on Monday night amid concerns about litter, anti-social behaviour and noise from traffic and the drive through speaker box.

An acoustic expert has recommended a wall be built to shield residents from the noise, while McDonalds management says staff will be on duty to guard against anti-social behaviour.

Swansea McDonalds Drive Thru To Trial 24hr Trade. Photo