03 September 2012

Fitzgerald & Delaney welcome refusal of Clondalkin planning application

Local Fine Gaelers Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Councillor Tony Delaney have welcomed the refusal by South Dublin County Council of an application for another takeaway on Tower Road. The proposed takeaway would have been located in the old Royal Bank of Scotland premises beside Clondalkin Travel and Dolcain Mall in the heart of Clondalkin Village.

“I’m delighted with the decision by the Council to refuse permission for this proposal. I believe this refusal is the right decision for Clondalkin Village. The village has no shortage of take away outlets with 17 already in operation in the immediate vicinity. Take aways, unfortunately, often bring with them a myriad of problems including litter and potential antisocial behaviour. That's why Cllr. Delaney and I were keen to support the concerns of residents and objected to this application. I also believe that having another takeaway so close to existing primary schools would have been a real issue This is the fifth consecutive refusal of planning for proposed take aways at inappropriate locations in the Clondalkin and Lucan area in recent months and I'm delighted that residents concerns are being listened to by planners,” said Fitzgerald.

“A granting of permission would not have been in the best interests of either the local environment or residents and I am glad that the Council recognised that,” concluded Fitzgerald.

Councillor Tony Delaney, Fine Gael, echoed Fitzgerald’s comments stating:
“I’m very pleased with the outcome of this campaign and was delighted to support residents on this issue. Planning decisions need to take into account the views of effected residents. We have far too many examples of past planning decisions that did not do this and I welcome the fact that this decision reflects the concerns of residents and businesspeople in this area. 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.”