Wednesday 21 August 2019

Plans to open drive thru McDonald’s next to three schools dropped following protests

The Blacklion Centre
The Blacklion Centre

Emma Jane Hade

Plans to open a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in close proximity to three schools have been dropped after protests from parents.

Supermarket giants Lidl, the owners of the site of the proposed development in Greystones Co Wicklow, last night confirmed they have decided to “pursue an alternative development”.

This comes after a vocal campaign from the teachers and parents of almost 1,800 pupils who attend three schools in close proximity from the site.

Despite appealing Wicklow County Council’s decision to grant permission for the development of a drive thru McDonald’s at the Blacklion Neighbourhood Centre business campus in Co Wicklow, An Bord Pleanala recently granted it approval subject to 11 conditions.

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A spokesperson for Lidl last night wrote to the three schools to inform them that after the successful launch of a new “concept store” in Gorey Co Wexford and the completion of a feasibility study on the site, they now hope to gain approval for “a new state of the art Lidl store”.

“Due to the larger space required for this store design a fast food restaurant will not be accommodated on the site.

“We will invite members of the local community to view our proposals before we lodge any planning application,” the store added.

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