Friday, March 20, 2009

Sinn Féin back Cherrywood residents on off license decision

Residents of Cherrywood in Clondalkin are annoyed at An Bord Pleanála decision to give the go ahead for an off license beside the Nangor Medical Centre.
Sinn Féin Councillor Shane O’Connor said " 95 per cent of residents signed petitions against an off license ’
Residents of Cherrywood, Oldchurch and Mill Park estates all signed petitions which were sent to SDCC last year after it was learned that permission had been sought to sell alcohol from the existing shop premises at Cherrywood Crescent. Following representaion by local councillors & T.D's South Dublin County Council refused to grant permission. However the proprieter appealed to the bord ignoring the wishes of the local community & the council
Councillor Shane O'Connor said: “The comparison I would draw is that An Bord Pleanála turned down a similar off licence request at Green Park a couple of years ago but grants one for Cherrywood even though houses & creches are actually nearer to the premises.
“The bords descision beggars belief "
Cllr O’Connor says the decision is all the more surprising after South Dublin County Council. local community safety forums, residents groups and even the gardaí spoke out against granting permission for the off licence.
He adds that the only course of action remaining is to ask for a judicial review at Richmond (District) Court in April.
Councillor Shane O'Connor calls on all local represenatives to support the community in their continuing campaign against the off licence

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