McDonalds coming to Ricky?

There’s a planning application for a McDonalds where M&Co used to be. The plans show seating for 60 people with kitchens on both floors and delivery bike access at the rear, from Northway.

To support or complain about this application or for more information, please visit the Three Rivers planning website, here.

Another vape shop in Ricky High Street

The Peace Hospice charity shop has been turned into the high street’s fifth vape shop. Although we are on the side of businesses, this new shop has the words ‘Tobacco’ on it which was banned in the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002. This is why F1 cars stopped displaying tobacco company sponsorship and closing doors were fitted over cigarettes etc in shops.

A friendly councillor, Narinder Sian, saw the shop whilst he was at the Sunday Market and found out that the planning enforcement department is already looking into it. The department has contacted the relevant owners and will progress matters in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Further information on TRDC planning website:

If you feel strongly about this issue and even though we may be in Purdah (pre-election period between the time local elections are announced and the date elections are held), please contact your local district councillors.

Empty retail units

Message received Feb 11, 2024 – via Contact us form

I’m keen to find out about activity around the empty retail units on the High Street. I’d love to see at least one of them turned into a community space. Maybe this is something I can develop. I’d love to know of any existing plans like this. Many thanks.

RDRA response:

I agree with your sentiments about vacant units in the high st. RDRA would support you in your endeavour to turn these into productive community spaces/projects.

We however have no control or have any influence with the individual landlords or their agents. You’d have to approach them directly and negotiate with them to get them to agree to what you want to do.