Cyngor Gwynedd backs down in McDonald's Welsh-language sign row


McDonald's Restaurant.

Cyngor Gwynedd has backed down in a row with the fast-food chain McDonald's over the installation of English-only digital screens at its Caernarfon restaurant.


Last year, the multinational was refused permission by Cyngor Gwynedd for larger screens at its Caernarfon drive-thru for failing to include Welsh-language messaging.


All public signs across Gwynedd are required to be bi-lingual— but this does not apply to private sector.


Refusing the original application last year, Caernarfon town council said that “no attempt had been made” to install bi-lingual signs at the restaurant.


Cyngor Gwynedd, which originally objected to the English-only messaging, has now dropped its opposition, saying that sufficient background information had now been given to justify the lack of Welsh on the restaurant's signage.


However, Caernarfon town council continues to oppose the use of English-only signs.


Responding to the decision, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg said: "Disappointing decision by Cyngor Gwynedd to allow McDonald's Caernarfon to put up English-only signs in its restaurant, despite opposition from the town council. McDonald's has enough money to afford complete Welsh signage at its restaurants in Wales.


"It is clear that language requirements need to be strengthened and extended to the private sector. But in the meantime... Cofis: there are plenty of local, Welsh restaurants and cafés worth supporting in Dre!"

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