25 July 2012

Fitzgerald and Delaney Lodge Objection to Proposed Clondalkin Takeaway

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has joined her colleague, Councillor Tony Delaney, in objecting to a new takeaway on Tower Road. The proposed takeaway is to be located in the old Royal Bank of Scotland premises beside Clondalkin Travel and Dolcain Mall in the heart of Clondalkin Village.

“Clondalkin Village has no shortage of take away outlets with 17 already in operation in the immediate vicinity. I am joining Councillor Delaney in objecting to this development as it is our belief that another takeaway in the area would be unsustainable, create litter and potential antisocial behaviour. I also believe that having another takeaway so close to existing primary schools would be a real issue,” said Fitzgerald.

Minister Fitzgerald has a strong track record in objecting to takeaways located beside schools having successfully objected to a takeaway beside Griffeen Valley Educate Together as well as recently supporting Hillcrest residents in their objection to a takeaway located beside Scoil Mhuire, Arlie Heights in Lucan.

“I recently opposed a planning application for a take-away facility in Hillcrest on the basis of its proximity to the school and youth services. This proposed takeaway is only yards away from St. John’s National School as well as being close to schools in the Village such as Moyle Park, St. Joseph’s, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Áine and Scoil Mhuire. I have been working nationally to promote the need not to locate new takeaway facilities adjacent to schools in light of the obesity crisis facing children,” said Fitzgerald.

In the 2005 Department of Health’s Report of the National Taskforce on Obesity recognises that ‘home and school environments that support healthy food choices for children’ present a probable decreased risk to weight gain and obesity whereas ‘ heavy marketing of energy-dense foods and fast-food’ present a probable high risk.

“In the Taskforce’s report, recommendation no. 7 under ‘Physical Environment’ states that ‘Local authorities should ensure that their mission statements, corporate plans and planning policies take account of their impact on healthy living,’. I have objected to the Council under this criteria as well as the wider issues around business in what is an historic area of Clondalkin Village,” concluded Fitzgerald.

Councillor Delaney echoed Fitzgerald’s comments stating “There is already an excessive number of takeaway outlets in the central area of Clondalkin Village. I counted 17 within Tower Road, Orchard Road, Main Street and Monastery Road. This very high number of existing fast food outlets and is a major contributory factor to the ongoing issue of litter in the Village.”