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  • "Why is LT running this story now? Was it through council dictat or collusion?

    They've already torn down the betting shop.
    They've already torn down Hampson's pie shop.
    They've already torn down the Market Chicken shop.
    They've already torn down the St Johns Tavern, in it's second incarnation.

    If their intent is to keep the Mall, then put an unscaleable fence around the car park, to prevent me from throwing myself off it, as I've bugger all else to live for, at this rate of 'progress'.
    Unless they want to stop driving businesses out of town.
    Unless they want to fix the potholes that blight this town.
    Unless they want to pick up the rubbish around the estates.
    Unless they want to stop harassing sections of this community.
    Unless they want to encourage visitors with fairly priced car parks.
    They might find that there is more to invite, encourage and sustain life in this town than their petty, nit-picking attitude suggests, given recent proposals.

    If you want to limit takeaways, then do it, in a fair, wholly equitable and honest way, by deploying more health inspectors rather than this shabby, underhanded way.
    Exactly on whose behalf do they act, for it's not mine and am sure that the many hundreds of users of these establishments aren't moaning either.
    Are they that out of touch with what goes on in this town, that they are deluded enough to believe that, anyone eats in these places, 7 nights per week?
    Long before these shops opened, the council had a chance, at the planning stage, to note on how the 'change of use' vote would alter the landscape of this towns centre but now, once the plethora of second hand shops - be they charity or not, the pound shops, the betting shops/gaming centres and fast food outlets dominate it, they seek to take action now?

    All I can say is, thank goodness that they weren't given control of the draught horses from the brewery, for not only would the brewery be gone but those magnificent animals, long gone too, with a council proposal to shut the stable doors now, no doubt!"
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Blackburn with Darwen council urged to limit fast food shops

Blackburn with Darwen council urged to limit fast food shops

Blackburn with Darwen council urged to limit fast food shops

First published in News

COUNCIL chiefs are exploring ways in to restrict the number of takeaway outlets in Blackburn with Darwen.

The borough currently has 176 fast food restaurants, a figure which has drawn concerns from health commissioners.

Blackburn with Darwen is regularly highlighted as one of the least healthy boroughs in the country, with experts pointing to the high levels of alcohol and fatty foods being consumed.

Ron O’Keeffe, chairman of the council’s health overview and scrutiny committee, has called for tougher licensing and planning laws to help kerb the number of takeaways and off-licenses, saying councils should be given more powers to refuse applications.

And Dominic Harrison, the council’s director of public health, said: “Takeaway outlets placed in areas of high footfall mean the least healthy eating options are made available to more people more of the time.

“While we’re not opposed to people choosing what they eat, an over-abundance of fast food is harmful to health and long-term can cause a higher level of preventable disease such as cancer and heart disease.

“As a council we’re looking at what we can do to address the situation, including options to restrict applications for takeaways in certain circumstances, for example near schools.”

But Keyvan Fani, owner of the Godfather Pizza House in Darwen, said: “Takeaway food isn’t necessarily unhealthy. We make sure our menu has healthy options available, with things like granary and gluten-free pizza bases.

"We give our customers the option. I think we’re in a time now when people have very busy social lives and don’t always have time to cook. It’s all about what saves time and is efficient.”

A fast food worker in Blackburn town centre, who asked not to be named, said: “I don’t think there are too many. We get a lot of people coming in every day and we are really busy.

“Why would people come if there are too many?”

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