KFC's Ferndown location is very insensitive

IN SPITE of protests, petitions, letters and phone calls, the East Dorset District Council has recently approved a planning application for a large KFC to open in Ferndown, Dorset. Old news? Then read this...

There is a sacrosanct “right of way” issue, so KFC are legally bound to share their entrance with two undertakers, who have their back delivery area next to the restaurant.

Yes, you guessed it – as well as the hearse, it will also include funeral cars, 22ft limousines, even 16-tonne coffin lorries, all in full view of diners.

Bereaved families conducting business and paying their last respects in the chapels of rest will suffer the anguish and indignity of the flower-bedecked hearse, containing their beloved, attempting to manoeuvre a sedate, dignified exit through a tawdry cheap fast-food outlet, with a cartoon image of a grinning Colonel Saunders winking down at them.

The situation will also be distasteful for KFC customers, who may be enjoying a quick meal.

As you’re swinging in for a bite to eat, you’ll be smack in the middle of a funeral cortege.

It will be bad enough for an adult funeral. What if it’s a mother whose lost her baby or there’s been a death of a young child?

It will have a profound effect on families having to watch a little white coffin with hundreds of white flowers, passing through while they are eating their bargain buckets of chicken.

It’s insensitive, gross and disgusting.

CAROL ATKINS, Ringwood Road, Ferndown

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9:41am Sat 25 Aug 12

Dibbles2 says...

How come this was never mentioned before?
How come this was never mentioned before? Dibbles2

11:35am Sat 25 Aug 12

Old Colonial says...

In Blandford there is a barber's shop called Sweeney Todd next to a food outlet that I believe sells pies.

Not Fleet Street but East Street. Nevertheless.....!
In Blandford there is a barber's shop called Sweeney Todd next to a food outlet that I believe sells pies. Not Fleet Street but East Street. Nevertheless.....! Old Colonial

1:27pm Sat 25 Aug 12

GREY PANTHER says...

How disgusting! Shame on KFC.
How disgusting! Shame on KFC. GREY PANTHER

2:38pm Sat 25 Aug 12

Morrigan says...

Shame on KFC and even more shame on the council for granting planning permission.

There is no way I would eat in that place looking out onto a car carrying the dead!

Cheap and tawdry KFC!
Shame on KFC and even more shame on the council for granting planning permission. There is no way I would eat in that place looking out onto a car carrying the dead! Cheap and tawdry KFC! Morrigan

4:43pm Sat 25 Aug 12

Old Colonial says...

Pardon my ignorance but is the proposed KFC actually anywhere near the undertakers? Or even on the same road,
Pardon my ignorance but is the proposed KFC actually anywhere near the undertakers? Or even on the same road, Old Colonial

6:19pm Sat 25 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

Wonder why the undertakers did not buy the site ?.
Wonder why the undertakers did not buy the site ?. pete woodley

1:12am Sun 26 Aug 12

wildgoose747 says...

In response to ‘Dibbles2’ question. a) KFC are fully aware of the ‘shared access’ with the undertakers, but have no recourse as it’s a legal ‘right of way’. So why didn’t they consider the site to be unsuitable and automatically re-locate? b) When it was brought to the attention of a senior Councillor on the Planning Committee, he just said “Well, it’s not a ‘constant’ occurrence is it...? Not every 5 minutes.” Does the frequency make a difference? We just want to bury our dead with dignity
In response to ‘Dibbles2’ question. a) KFC are fully aware of the ‘shared access’ with the undertakers, but have no recourse as it’s a legal ‘right of way’. So why didn’t they consider the site to be unsuitable and automatically re-locate? b) When it was brought to the attention of a senior Councillor on the Planning Committee, he just said “Well, it’s not a ‘constant’ occurrence is it...? Not every 5 minutes.” Does the frequency make a difference? We just want to bury our dead with dignity wildgoose747

9:05pm Sun 26 Aug 12

GREY PANTHER says...

To answer Old Colonial - The rear of the 2 Undertakers is where the Hearses' etc leave for the burial service. They have no choice but to use the same access as the KFC customers so they will be seen by those using the KFC restaurant and also by the car passengers entering the Takeaway Drive Thru. Why don't KFC find a more suitable site?
To answer Old Colonial - The rear of the 2 Undertakers is where the Hearses' etc leave for the burial service. They have no choice but to use the same access as the KFC customers so they will be seen by those using the KFC restaurant and also by the car passengers entering the Takeaway Drive Thru. Why don't KFC find a more suitable site? GREY PANTHER

9:05pm Sun 26 Aug 12

Dexterwest says...

pete woodley wrote:
Wonder why the undertakers did not buy the site ?.
When we were looking to move, I said to the estate agent she had massively over estimated the value of the houses she was valuing. I quote "yes sir but this is ferndown". Said everything about the type of person ferndown wants to attract. Delusional!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Wonder why the undertakers did not buy the site ?.[/p][/quote]When we were looking to move, I said to the estate agent she had massively over estimated the value of the houses she was valuing. I quote "yes sir but this is ferndown". Said everything about the type of person ferndown wants to attract. Delusional! Dexterwest

10:55pm Sun 26 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

GREY PANTHER wrote:
To answer Old Colonial - The rear of the 2 Undertakers is where the Hearses' etc leave for the burial service. They have no choice but to use the same access as the KFC customers so they will be seen by those using the KFC restaurant and also by the car passengers entering the Takeaway Drive Thru. Why don't KFC find a more suitable site?
Greypanther,how far away do you live, just how are you affected.Same questions to wildgoose747.
[quote][p][bold]GREY PANTHER[/bold] wrote: To answer Old Colonial - The rear of the 2 Undertakers is where the Hearses' etc leave for the burial service. They have no choice but to use the same access as the KFC customers so they will be seen by those using the KFC restaurant and also by the car passengers entering the Takeaway Drive Thru. Why don't KFC find a more suitable site?[/p][/quote]Greypanther,how far away do you live, just how are you affected.Same questions to wildgoose747. pete woodley

9:15am Mon 27 Aug 12

GREY PANTHER says...

This subject should affect everyone, even those who don,t live nearby. A final goodbye should be special for all concerned.
This subject should affect everyone, even those who don,t live nearby. A final goodbye should be special for all concerned. GREY PANTHER

10:35am Mon 27 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

Whats up Greypanther and wildgoose,cant you answer a fair question.I assume that greypanther is NOT affected just trying to stir it for perhaps business reasons,or is lesley dedman again.
Whats up Greypanther and wildgoose,cant you answer a fair question.I assume that greypanther is NOT affected just trying to stir it for perhaps business reasons,or is lesley dedman again. pete woodley

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