Ed Balls Comments on Chicken Cottage Controversy
School Head and Police Inspector talk about their concerns
We reported last week the remarks of Steve Pound the MP for Ealing North who had received a flurry of emails about a fast food take-away franchise due to open on the Uxbridge Road close to the entrance to Twyford Church of England High School.
This week, local Police, School Head teacher Alice Hudson and Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families have all made comments about the shop which looks set to open in the near future.
Ed Balls, who recently visited the school to launch a government programme to extend music teaching, said:
"I completely understand how angry parents and teachers are about the fast food joint opening so close to Twyford School. I am disappointed that after working so hard and making huge progress on school food, the local authority has approved permission for this shop to open.
"I believe that what goes on outside the school gates is as important as what happens inside. We are clear that schools, parents and local authorities all need to be working together to make sure our children and teenagers get the kind of healthy food that will set them up for success in life. Local authorities should use their planning powers to control more carefully the number and location of fast food outlets in their local areas.
"We know that there is no point in banning junk food and raising quality of lunches in schools, if teenagers can simply go to eat unhealthy food from neighbouring takeaways. We want to make sure local authorities are taking this seriously and have ordered a cross-government review looking at how health and social care is currently embedded in current planning policy and we will act on the findings."
Representations have apparently been made on behalf of the school to Ealing Council, to the local Government ombudsman and to the Department for Children Schools and Families about this issue.
October 8, 2009