Fundraising quiz for drive-thru campaign
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.