Far from discouraging pupils from a junk food diet, a council is making it even easier to indulge – by spending £100,000 on a footpath from their school gate to McDonald’s.
Every lunchtime 200 pupils shun school meals to walk along the grass verge of a busy road to the burger bar.
A footpath, already being nicknamed the ‘McPath’, is being built to make the half-mile walk safer – and the school’s head and governors are supporting itHeh!
Naturally, vested interests clash like bighorn rams in the Rockies:
Yesterday, at the start of National Childhood Obesity Week, British Dietetic Association spokesman Melissa Little said the children would ‘benefit far more’ from staying in school to eat balanced meals.A statement which cuts no ice with the H&S brigade:
…council spokesman Barbara Parish said road safety was ‘far more important than risking more pupils eating fast food’.
She said: ‘They are taking risks walking along that road and they will carry on doing it. For me, the safety of the children is more important than the possibility that more children are going to use the route.
‘We are not encouraging them to go to McDonald’s, as they are going anyway.Wow! That has to be the first time ever…
Maybe one or two more might go because of this, but the good of the majority has got to come first. ’
The children in Bridgend were unsurprisingly in favour of the footpath. One said: ‘It’s really dangerous, they should at least put some railings there. Let’s face it, school dinners are rubbish.’ A parent added: ‘As long as they eat healthily at home it’s fine.’A welcome return to sanity? We’ll see…
There’s still the matter of the taxpayer's £100,000 for the footpath, of course. Perhaps leaving them to dodge traffic would have been the best thing all round? Survival of the fittest, and all that...