Donna Gayle, of New Cross, said: “One of my sons is 16 and I am concerned with him always going to the chicken and chip shop.”Oh, where to start...
The mother-of-five added: “I would like the zones to work but I don’t know if they would. I’d prefer healthy places to open up near schools instead of takeway shops.”
Look, sweetie, he's 16. If he can't find junk food near his school, he'll still find it a mere bus ride away. And this policy will only affect new shops, not the ones already there anyway.
Have you considered not giving him the money to buy the food you consider unhealthy? No, of course not. Far better to whine that someone else ought to do something about it.
And so step forward, 'someone else':
Green Party councillor Ute Michel said: “Our children’s health actually gets far worse, not better, during their school careers.Your kind never, ever pretend that something isn't your problem. Oh, you never quite manage to fix it, but you do manage to screw up everyone else's choices while you flounder about, banning this and restricting that, and then moving on to the next target...
“During that time they are in the care of the council and schools, so we cannot pretend it is not our problem."
The Greens say the restricted zones should be combined with a drive to help existing takeaways reduce the salt, fat and sugar content of their food.Isn't that nice? They are going to 'help' local takeaways reduce the amount of salt, fat and sugar in their meals.
Cllr Michel added: “Despite progress in making school meals healthier and teaching about healthy diets, takeaways are fuelling junk food culture just outside the school gate and undoing much of that good work.”
Whether they want to, or not...