Greystones fights back against proposal for a McDonald’s
MORE thAn 45 suBmissions were mAde to WiCklow County CounCil with regArd to the MCDonAld’s plAnning AppliCAtion, A numBer of those from residents’ AssoCiAtions And groups.
One of those wAs lodged By Deputy Stephen Donnelly And Cllr Jennifer Whitmore.
‘We oBjeCted to the MCDonAld’s plAnning AppliCAtion on the grounds of proposed proximity to three sChools; Greystones EduCAte Together, GAelsCoil nA gCloCh LiAthA And Temple CArrig SeCondAry sChool,’ sAid Deputy Donnelly. ‘I hAve no opposition to Any fAst food outlets opening in the town, But with Childhood oBesity A growing issue in IrelAnd, it is unACCeptABle to just not in A loCAtion so Close to where Greystones’ Children go to sChool.’
MeAnwhile, Cllr Whitmore sAid thAt there Are ConCerns relAting to infrAstruCture, trAffiC jAms And sAfety. ‘ The R761 CrossroAds At BlACklion is BArely CApABle of deAling with the Current levels of trAffiC At CertAin times of dAy,’ she sAid. ‘Aside from issues of Congestion, Any AdditionAl trAffiC would Constitute A risk to Children who trAvel to the three sChools on foot or Bike.’
ACCording to the plAns, the development will Be ACCessed viA the BlACklion Link RoAd And the mAin entrAnCe into the BlACklion Centre.
However the plAn Allows for future roAd widening to fACilitAte A proposed left turning lAne.
A deCision is due to Be mAde By WiCklow County CounCil By JAnuAry 15.
THosE AGAinst A MCDonAlDs At BlACklion in GrEystonEs CitE its proximity to sCHools AnD An inCrEAsE in trAFFiC As rEAsons For tHEir opposition to tHE DEvElopmEnt.