Council bosses have ruled out introducing a “fat tax” to stop too many takeaways springing up across the Rochford district.Now there’s a result!
Keith Hudson, Tory councillor responsible for planning, said: “I don’t think we want to go down the route of taxing businesses like that, because it might make the area unattractive to potential investors.Leave it to councillors to do their jobs? What a breath of fresh air you are, Keith!
“Having said that, the council does have a policy of preventing too many of one type of shop and it is something we should look to actively enforce.
“However, I do not think we need to have a fat tax to achieve that. It is more down to us as councillors to enforce it rigorously.”
It doesn’t suit some, however:
Yvonne Tessin, who owns West Street jewellery shop Rio, and also lives in the road, said there could be similar problems in Rochford if no action was taken to prevent more takeaways being opened.Oh, dear, Yvonne, the junk food is not the end, just as the smoking ban wasn’t the end. Dick Puddlecote and Leg-Iron have plenty of examples.
She said: “It’s not good for the look of the town to have too many takeaways.
“We need some nice, swish wine bars to brighten it up.
“I think we have already got enough takeaways.”
Support them in this and before long, they’ll be closing down – or pricing out – your swish wine bars too…