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UK News Food charity calls on Government to restrict fast food shops opening near schools

07:45  12 november  2019
07:45  12 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Charities are demanding new controls on fast food outlets and a block on unhealthy children's meal deals amid warnings hundreds of takeaways are set to The group says the new Government should introduce planning policies to restrict new hot food takeaways near schools following evidence from

One measure would let authorities stop fast food shops opening within 400 metres of every school in the UK. President professor Russell Viner told The Daily Telegraph: “Kids are coming out of school hungry and finding themselves surrounded by cheap chicken shops , chip shops and other types of

a sign on the side of a building © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Food campaign group Sustain has called on the Government to introduce planning policies that would restrict fast food outlets opening near schools.

The organisation, which works to improve food in Britain through a number of directives, claimed it is too easy for takeaways to open near schools and says local authorities lack the appropriate powers to limit where they go.

In a new report, Sustain said fast food giants such as McDonald's and KFC have considerable expansion plans, which go against the Government's ambitions to halve child obesity by 2030.

Planning policies

a close up of a stuffed animal © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd “Planning policies to restrict new hot food takeaways near schools are one of the few concrete ways local authorities have to stop their areas becoming even more saturated with unhealthy food," said Ben Reynolds, deputy chief executive of Sustain.

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Fast food shops could be banned from opening near schools after calls from docsCredit: Getty - Contributor. Professor Russell Viner, president of the college, told The Daily Telegraph: “Kids are coming out of school hungry and finding themselves surrounded by cheap chicken shops , chip

Almost half of the fast - food outlets in England are in the most deprived parts of the country, figures show, raising fresh concerns about In April, leading paediatricians called on the government to ban fast - food outlets from opening within 400 metres of schools . More than a third of children in England

"Yet even these tools are coming under attack, with local authorities lacking capacity to provide adequate evidence to stand up to the resources of multinational chains.

"Unlike Government’s aims to halve child obesity - it’s almost as if these businesses want to double child obesity by 2030.”

The charity said the Government should give local authorities more power and control in deciding where new enterprises are set up.

Recent figures suggest there are around 60,000 fast food sites in Britain. Many are in urban areas, close to where children go to school, or along key travel routes.

Sustain also pointed to material on the McDonald's and KFC websites that point towards bold plans to open as many as 800 sites (300 from McDonald's, 500 from KFC) in the next 10 years.

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The Wicklow ban on fast food outlets setting up within 400 metres of schools and playgrounds was approved overwhelmingly, by 25 of the 32 members. Mr Byrne said a similar motion calling on Wexford County Council to ensure that no new fast food restaurant or outlet can open within 500

Fast food England: how many takeaways are near you? Charities and doctors, meanwhile, have been highly critical of the government ’s light-touch approach to regulation But she believes limiting the number of fast food shops near schools is a sensible step – albeit one that must be evaluated.

New openings

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: McDonald's take away restaurant sign at night on May 15, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) © 2019 Matthew Horwood CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: McDonald's take away restaurant sign at night on May 15, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) McDonald's said to i: "There are a number of factors that we consider when we apply for permission to open a new restaurant and we do not actively target areas to gain passing trade from schools.

“We share the ambition to reduce childhood obesity, which is a complex issue, and are committed to helping all our customers to make informed choices. Almost 90 per cent of our standard menu is under 500 calories, we never market products classified as high in fat, salt or sugar to children in any media channel and we have provided nutritional information for the past 30 years.”

A KFC spokeswoman said the 500 figure is not a concrete one.

In 2015, Plymouth City Council banned a new fast food business from opening because it felt residents already had enough options.

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Officials rejected plans for a fast food shop because its population had "excess weight" issue.

The KFC store on Tottenham Court Road (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) © Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Media The KFC store on Tottenham Court Road (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Plymouth isn't alone in recognising there might be a problem. Paul Seddon, director of planning & regeneration at Nottingham City Council, said: "In Nottingham, we are aware of the knock-on effect child obesity can have on health in later life.

"With more than 350 takeaways in the city, we wanted to include a policy in our emerging local plan to control new applications for fast-food outlets that were within 400m of a school."

Cllr John McElroy, from Gateshead Council in the North East, said he felt there was a correlation between the number of takeaways and high levels of obesity in the area.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said in response that councils need better funding.

Obesity

"Councils appreciate that a flourishing hospitality sector in our towns and cities is good for local economies and where they have introduced restrictions on takeaways, are working with businesses to help create healthier menus for their customers," he said.

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Fast food outlets should be banned from opening within 400 metres of schools in England, according to leading child doctors. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said: “Kids are coming out of school hungry and finding themselves surrounded by cheap chicken shops , chip shops and other

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“Numerous councils have set curbs on new fast food outlets but need planning powers to tackle the clustering of existing takeaways already open.

“The next government also needs to provide long-term funding for councils’ vital public health and prevention services, to help reduce health inequalities and as part of a joined-up approach to targeting obesity.”

Both Public Health England and the Department of Health declined to comment due to the fact the country is in a pre-election period.


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