Fundrais­ing quiz for drive-thru cam­paign

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ON Fri­day Oc­to­ber 19, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee against the pro­posed Drive-thru fast food res­tau­rant in Sk­er­ries will host a fundrais­ing ta­ble quiz at Sk­er­ries Sail­ing Club.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has grown in re­cent weeks and com­mit­tee mem­ber Joe O’brien said: ‘We have had a lot of peo­ple ask­ing to help out in the cam­paign ef­forts and in re­cent weeks the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has dou­bled its mem­ber­ship.

‘We will need the ef­forts of all the com­mu­nity in Sk­er­ries to pre­vent what is a bad pro­posal for the whole com­mu­nity and we are invit­ing ev­ery­one to come to our ta­ble quiz fundraiser in the Sail­ing Club on Fri­day the 19th. ‘Sk­er­ries Book­shop and our com­mit­tee mem­ber Karen have a lim­ited stock of tick­ets. We would like to ac­knowl­edge the sig­nif­i­cant sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses for the fundraiser’. The com­mit­tee mem­ber who is also a Green Party rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the area said: ‘Sk­er­ries is a unique town and an amaz­ing place to visit and live in. It will take a com­mu­nity wide ef­fort to en­sure that Sk­er­ries as a town will not get de­val­ued by this pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

‘Yet again Sk­er­ries scored very high in Tidy Towns and again won a Gold Medal in its size cat­e­gory. We need to do all we can to up­hold this high stan­dard.’

Mr O’brien added: ‘It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that hun­dreds of chil­dren will pass the drive-thru on a daily ba­sis for their eight years of at­ten­dance at Sk­er­ries Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional School. The drive-thru would also be vis­i­ble from many class­room win­dows in the school.

‘To date our or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has or­gan­ised a pub­lic meet­ing, set up a go fund me page to raise funds to en­gage a con­sul­tant plan­ner and traf­fic en­gi­neer, made pro­fes­sional ob­ser­va­tions on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion and en­cour­aged oth­ers to do the same by shar­ing the plan­ner’s ob­ser­va­tions re­port with ev­ery­one on our con­tact lists.

‘We also or­gan­ised a pe­ti­tion and got 500 sig­na­tures and have pub­li­cised our con­cerns. We have a large What­sapp group and an email mail­ing list with res­i­dents who are all op­posed to the fa­cil­ity’

He said the group was now en­gag­ing a con­sul­tant plan­ner to con­tinue the fight against the project and needed to raise money for this pur­pose.

The plan­ning ap­pli­cants have ar­gued that the de­vel­op­ment will not have a neg­a­tive im­pact on lo­cal schools.

Nancy Simp­son and Rose Mur­ray at the Cof­fee Morn­ing for Bal­brig­gan Can­cer Sup­port

Joe O’brien and fel­low com­mit­tee mem­bers protest­ing plans for a drive-thru in Sk­er­ries.

So­phie Conmy, Lisa Con­nolly and Jesse Ward at the Cof­fee Morn­ing for Bal­brig­gan Can­cer Sup­port.

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