Should new takeaways be banned on health grounds?
By Rebecca2009 | Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10:52
As someone who enjoys the occasional takeaway from the new Domino's store in Keynsham, this story caught my eye: a doctor is objecting to the pizza chain's plans to open a new shop in Nailsea, claiming it will have an impact on the health of local residents.
Dr Timothy Southwood has written to North Somerset planners with his concerns. He says that pizza is a high-calorie food with excessive fat content and says the town already has an excess of fast food outlets. Domino's says that takeaways are a treat, and the average customer orders one a month. It says it is committed to reducing the amount of fat and salt in its products and offers a reduced fat cheese option on its menu.
Clearly obesity is a problem in the UK, but where do you draw the line? Should councils block the opening of new takeaways on health grounds? And with all the known dangers linked to alcohol, what about off-licences and pubs?