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Basil Miller, Liz Dillon and Philip Moyles at the meeting on Monday evening

Basil Miller, Liz Dillon and Philip Moyles at the meeting on Monday evening

Basil Miller, Liz Dillon and Philip Moyles at the meeting on Monday evening

The cost of fighting a McDonald's planning to locate at Blacklion could end up being as high as €400,000, a local campaigner has revealed.

A public meeting was held by campaigners last Monday evening in Greystones.

Spokesman Philip Moyles explained that the purpose of the meeting was to inform the community of any potential grounds they might have to take the process to judicial review. He said that, according to their legal advice, there are some grounds they could employ under the Planning Act.

'A lot of people are frustrated in this situation and feel that they have been let down by the planning authorities,' said Philip.

'They are very concerned about how this decision could have been made and there is a concern regarding fundraising.'

He said that the worst case scenario could be as high as €400,000 if they were to lose, or perhaps €40,000 if they were to win and get some costs back.

'There was a lot of good feeling towards taking it on but we're looking in to how we could do so.'

He said that this is not just a local issue but a national issue, with regard to fighting childhood obesity.

The issues that some local people have with the permission being granted is that the proposed restaurant is located close to three schools. The audience also heard of amendments to the draft county development plan to apply the same provisions throughout the county and were addressed by councillors supporting the move, as well as local TDs.

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