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Take-Aways near schools may be banned

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/03/2014. Take-Aways near schools may be bannedTags: Parenting Education And Politics

According to the Irish Independent today, the Government is considering an exclusion zone for new fast-food restaurants around schools, playgrounds and youth sports facilities. The planned 'no fry zone' of 1.5km won’t affect existing fast-food outlets unless they have to re-apply for planning.

In a bid to fight the growing obesity problems among children, a coalition of health groups, including medical experts and public health officials, is behind a push to stop fatty food being sold within a 15-minute walk of schools. The exclusion plan is currently part of a consultation process under the New Draft Local Area Plans (LAPs) but is likely to face opposition from fast-food chains

While the Government will only decide finally on the proposed new LAPs later this year, three authorities in Dublin, Wicklow and Cork, have already moved on fast-food operations near schools and playgrounds following submissions from health campaigners, parents and councillors. A health campaign group is also asking Cork City Council to pre-empt the regulations by imposing its own 1.5km radius ban on all new fast-food restaurant developments near schools.


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