Salford Introduces 5pm Ban on Takeaways Near Schools
Councillors in Greater Manchester have agreed to impose a ban on new takeaways operating before 5pm on weekdays near secondary schools. Changes to planning regulations to be introduced by Salford City Council will only apply to new businesses opening within 400 metres of any of the borough’s secondary schools. Existing businesses and those close to primary schools will be unaffected. Local research has shown that older children are more likely to be overweight when living in close proximity to fast food outlets.
City Mayor Ian Stewart said, “I’m sure some children rely heavily on takeaway food for lunch. Preventing takeaways from selling fast food near schools during the school day cuts off an easy supply of fat and salt-filled burgers, fish and chips, curry and kebabs which are not good for our children’s health.”
Recent figures suggest that 22% of 11-year-olds in Salford are obese, with the number rising every year. In London, Brent Council, which has a similar childhood obesity rate, has announced it is considering a ban on applications for fast food establishments within 400 metres of any 11-plus education establishment. The plans will form part of a public consultation which will be rolled out after the forthcoming local government elections. Waltham Forest were the first borough to succeed in imposing a ban (in 2010), with other councils following suit.