Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 26/11/2015. Tags: Parenting Education And Politics
The proposed McDonald's drive-through restaurant to be located opposite three schools at the Blacklion Centre in Greystones will not now go ahead. Temple Carraig secondary school
in Greystones, Co Wicklow, had brought a legal challenge to planning approval for a McDonald’s restaurant less than 100 metres from its front entrance. The other two schools located close to the proposed McDonals restaurant were Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath
and Greystones Educate Together.
According to the Facebook Group
created by locals opposed to the plan, "Both McDonalds and Lidl have issued statements that McDonalds will not be going ahead at Blacklion.
The construction of a McDonald’s drive-through restaurant, located opposite three schools at the Blacklion Centre in Greystones, Co Wicklow will not go ahead.
In a statement, McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland said it has been informed by Lidl Ireland of its alternative development plans for a new Lidl store on its site in Greystones.
“This intention and its scale rules out the possibility of a Drive-Thru restaurant development on this site.
“McDonald’s Ireland engaged extensively with both Lidl and Wicklow County Council in advance of obtaining planning permission for a Drive-Thru restaurant.
“McDonald’s often seeks to locate new restaurants close to retail outlets which are appropriately zoned in accordance with planning guidelines.
“Proximity to schools is not and will not be a factor for McDonald’s in assessing suitable locations for new restaurants.”