At least 26 objections against the new Lidl store planned for Carrick-on-Shannon were lodged with Leitrim County Council after last week’s public meeting.
Several submissions argue that if the two-storey supermarket gets planning, multinationals will much be less likely to rent the state-of-the-start Avantcard building opposite it.
It used to employ up to 1,200 people when occupied by MBNA.
Lidl intends moving from its current base at Cortober, with a planning application for a new two-storey store at Attyrory and Attifinlay, lodged with the council.
At last week’s public meeting against it, businessman Gerry Murtagh presented copies of a template submission, suggesting people submit it along with their objections.
At present, 26 of them have uploaded on the council’s website, with 29 objections in total.
Nicky Campbell, of Cornaslieve, argues the store would ‘massively degenerate’ the old MBNA building, now owned by Avantcard.
He claims it would be much more difficult to attract a multinational to invest in the largely vacant building.
Alice Lynott, from Tonnagh, claims the safety of her child would be compromised by the additional traffic the store would bring.
Several people object on aesthetic grounds, with Frank McHugh, of Danesport, saying a green site would be a much more pleasing entrance to the town than a chain store.
In her comprehensive objection, Shannon Lodge’s Carole Coleman, a former RTÉ Washington Correspondent, says there has been a move away from marketing food to children by limiting retailers near schools.
She notes Lidl would be the closest food outlet to Carrick-on-Shannon Community School.
The deadline for submissions is this Thursday, with the council due to make a decision by July 13th.