Listowel councillors clash on low cost supermarket.

Listowel town councilors clashed again last night on plans for the construction of a low cost supermarket chain Lidyl for the town. The application is with Listowel Town Council for the provision of a supermarket on the John B Keane road. However strong objections have come from traders in the town and on the council.Town Manager Michael McMahon last year advised councilors to consider rezoning a portion of land in the town for use by discount food retailers. Councilors rejected the idea of rezoning and instead inserted a statement to assess individual applications from large food retailers on an individual basis. Radio Kerry News has learned that when the matter came up for discussion at last nights planning meeting, councilors could not agree to rezone land along the John B Keane road for the provision of a Lidyl food discount store in the town. It`s understood certain councilors felt to allow the rezoning would be too damaging to other traders in the town.While other councilors felt that too much business was being lost to other larger towns with such retail outlets as lidyl. In order for Lidyl to be granted planning councilors would have to pass a material contravention allowing for the land to be re-zoned from residential to food/retail. Councilors are to receive plans on the project in the next few days. The matter is up for discussion at next months meeting of the council

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