Opposition ramps up towards Lidl store in Carrick on Shannon

A large crowd attended a public meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon last night as efforts continue to prevent Lidl developing a new store on a prized site in the town.

It was agreed a number of prominent organisations in the area would make their opposition to the supermarket known to An Bord Pleanála.

Lidl’s ongoing campaign to relocate from one side of Carrick-on-Shannon to the other continues to generate much controversy in the town.

Leitrim County Council turned down its latest application for a store at Attyrory last month, but it has appealed against it to An Bord Pleanála, with the outcome due on December 11th.

And last night’s public meeting in the Bush Hotel, attended by 49 people, was designed to finalise the opposition plan.

During the hour-long meeting, however, people once again reiterated the reason that they oppose Lidl move from Cortober to a site near Tesco and Aldi.

Resident Nicholas Campbell explained it’s mainly because the people of the town value the scenic greenfield site.

In Lidl’s appeal, it has included a contract for the sale of its existing store, which would become a car-sales showroom and gym, but Leslie O’Hora is dubious about that.

However, is there not a danger Lidl will leave Carrick altogether if there relocation plan doesn’t come to fruition?

Kathy Maguire doesn’t think so.

It was agreed last night that about five or six group observations, with multiple signatures, would be lodged with An Bord Pleanála before Thursday week’s deadline.

This meeting ended with a queue of people putting pen to paper.