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Takeaways to be banned from opening near schools in Nuneaton and Bedworth

Postby dutchman » Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:53 pm

The borough has some of the worst childhood obesity problems in Warwickshire

Takeaways will be banned from opening within a ten minute walk of all secondary schools in Nuneaton and Bedworth in a bid to tackle the borough's notorious health problems.

Under future planning proposals, any new takeaways will not be able to be built within 400m of secondary schools in the two towns.

This is because of increasing obesity problems among the borough's younger generation.

A report prepared by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council says the area has some of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country.

But adults in the towns are not off the hook either with the proportion of adults in the borough that are obese and overweight significantly higher than the average for England.

The shocking facts about the health of the borough are contained within Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council's new Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) entitled 'Planning for a Healthier Area – Hot Food Takeaways'.

"Nuneaton and Bedworth borough has some of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the county," the document states.

"The rate of obesity is increasing year on year, which reflects the trend nationally. There is therefore a need to intervene to prevent levels from rising throughout adult life.

"The objective behind the proposed hot food takeaway policy in the borough’s local plan is to reduce pupil access to unhealthy food options, particularly as Hot Food Takeaways (HFT) tend to cluster around schools.

"This SPD should not be viewed in isolation, but rather as part of a wider approach on tackling obesity within Nuneaton and Bedworth ."

The 'Planning for a Healthier Area – Hot Food Takeaways' SPD is one of several currently under discussion by the council and residents are being urged to have their say.

The documents can be found on the council's website and a series of drop-in sessions are being held.

    * Nuneaton Academy: October 15 from 5pm to 7pm

    * Camp Hill Education Sports and Social (CHESS) Centre: October 24 from 5pm to 7pm

    * Goodyers End Primary School: November 4 from 5pm to 7pm

    * Horeston Grange Church: November 11 from 5pm to 7pm

    * Civic Hall in Bedworth: November 15 from 3pm to 5 pm

    * Hawkesbury Village Meeting Place: November 21 from 5pm to 7pm

    * Bulkington Village Centre; November 25 from 5pm to 7 pm

    * Town Hall, Nuneaton: December 3 from 5pm to 7pm

The deadline for all comments is December 9.

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