A POLICEMAN has described the disruption caused by the filming of a McDonald’s advert in a Cheshire village as a ‘melee of madness’.
PC Ged Gigg told parish councillors at their monthly meeting on Monday that TV crews ‘literally ran roughshod’ across the village.
He said the filming on High Street at the beginning of last week made it very difficult for his colleagues to police the area effectively, and as a result they came in for ‘unnecessary abuse’ from residents.
Earlier this month we reported how several shop owners claimed their trade has been decimated due to the filming work.
They were unhappy they were only informed about the advert a couple of days before filming began, and that the parish council had not given them sufficient prior warning.
During Monday’s meeting, Cllr Graham Lees said he and parish council clerk John Macdonald had met with the location manager six days before filming began and they were assured the disruption would be minimal.
Mr Macdonald said he stressed the need to keep High Street and Park Road clear, as well as providing access for the village fire engine.
Chairman Ken Parker said members, who had received numerous complaints about the disruption, had ‘no power’ to stop what unfolded.
He added: “We have absorbed the messages coming from the village.”
The parish council expects the village to receive £4,500 from McDonald’s to be distributed to groups and charities, including £1,500 for Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.
The global fast food chain says it chose Tarporley because it provided it with the ‘perfect backdrop for this particular advert’, which is due to be aired later this year.