Blackburn with Darwen council urged to limit fast food shops

This Is Lancashire: Blackburn with Darwen council urged to limit fast food shops Blackburn with Darwen council urged to limit fast food shops

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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5:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

About 20 years too late!
About 20 years too late! HarryBosch

5:54pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

As Harry says, too late. There are far, far too many takeaways in existence. In fact, how can they all be profitable? Unless they double up as 'launderettes'?
As Harry says, too late. There are far, far too many takeaways in existence. In fact, how can they all be profitable? Unless they double up as 'launderettes'? Stone Island:

6:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Malthus says...

I used to work in a building that overlooked the back of one side of Darwen street. I would never, ever, eat food from there again.
I used to work in a building that overlooked the back of one side of Darwen street. I would never, ever, eat food from there again. Malthus

7:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

denidenideni says...

Take away food shops equal rat infestation. That should be enough the shut them down, take the food away and the rats go away.
Simple really
Take away food shops equal rat infestation. That should be enough the shut them down, take the food away and the rats go away. Simple really denidenideni

7:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

easypeasy says...

Most of these fast food establishments on Darwen St have no insurance & think its quite alright to poison individuals with the crap they serve up. My son was very ill with food poisoning from Miami Chicken & Pizza & they was visited by environmental health & told to improve. Stay well clear as we learnt the hard way.
Most of these fast food establishments on Darwen St have no insurance & think its quite alright to poison individuals with the crap they serve up. My son was very ill with food poisoning from Miami Chicken & Pizza & they was visited by environmental health & told to improve. Stay well clear as we learnt the hard way. easypeasy

8:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

lifeisace says...

Not so long ago, I received delivery of a take-away Chinese meal. In the delivery, there was the obligatory menu plus a voucher enticing me with a special offer. Imagine my horror when I realised that this voucher was printed on the back of an advisory notification from the food standards people. I kid you not. I took photo's and sent them in to the mugs here at Lancs Telegraph and didn't get the courtesy of a reply!
Not so long ago, I received delivery of a take-away Chinese meal. In the delivery, there was the obligatory menu plus a voucher enticing me with a special offer. Imagine my horror when I realised that this voucher was printed on the back of an advisory notification from the food standards people. I kid you not. I took photo's and sent them in to the mugs here at Lancs Telegraph and didn't get the courtesy of a reply! lifeisace

9:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Have you ever heard of freedom of choice before. Have you ever heard of free market economy before. ?
The council should keep its noise out and show these businesses some support.
Have you ever heard of freedom of choice before. Have you ever heard of free market economy before. ? The council should keep its noise out and show these businesses some support. 2 for 5p ridesagain

11:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

owais73 says...

I agree there are so many of them and there is a need of limitation. However the limitation should not only limit the number but also the same type of food. sealing of variety and different taste of food must be encouraged. owais
I agree there are so many of them and there is a need of limitation. However the limitation should not only limit the number but also the same type of food. sealing of variety and different taste of food must be encouraged. owais owais73

1:32am Tue 11 Feb 14

woolywords says...

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!
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! woolywords

7:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Stone Island: wrote:
As Harry says, too late. There are far, far too many takeaways in existence. In fact, how can they all be profitable? Unless they double up as 'launderettes'?
"launderettes" mr stone island? can't possibly think what you mean
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: As Harry says, too late. There are far, far too many takeaways in existence. In fact, how can they all be profitable? Unless they double up as 'launderettes'?[/p][/quote]"launderettes" mr stone island? can't possibly think what you mean hasslem hasslem

5:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Chugger says...

Higher taxes (business rates) on these premises? If you're going to open a fast food restaurant in a town that potentially causes ill health to it's patrons you should be made to contribute to the NHS deficit?

Surely such strict rules would force business's to evolve their menus to the benefit of everyone.

(Why McDonalds haven't yet created a tasty burger that cures heart disease and offers protection is beyond me - if one of the biggest corps on the planet can't be arsed to do it then surely the rest of the fast food industry is f******????)
Higher taxes (business rates) on these premises? If you're going to open a fast food restaurant in a town that potentially causes ill health to it's patrons you should be made to contribute to the NHS deficit? Surely such strict rules would force business's to evolve their menus to the benefit of everyone. (Why McDonalds haven't yet created a tasty burger that cures heart disease and offers protection is beyond me - if one of the biggest corps on the planet can't be arsed to do it then surely the rest of the fast food industry is f******????) Chugger

2:23pm Wed 12 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

HarryBosch wrote:
About 20 years too late!
more like 30+ years , we like competition just not saturation,
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: About 20 years too late![/p][/quote]more like 30+ years , we like competition just not saturation, noddy57

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