'No-fry zones' to be enforced near schools
Campaigners against fast-food outlets near schools scored a major planning victory as Wicklow councillors voted for a 400-metre 'no fry zone' around schools.
No new takeaways will be allowed near schools when the County Development Plan is finally approved later this year.
The radical move by councillors follows a successful campaign by parents against a McDonald's restaurant in Greystones and the introduction of no-fry zones in Co Wexford, and Fingal and Dún Laoghaire in Dublin.
The new planning measure aimed at tackling obesity excludes any new takeaway outlet from being built or operating within 400m of the gates or boundaries of schools or playgrounds.
The regulation says the ban will apply to any outlets whose business will primarily involve the sale of hot food that is high in fat, salt or sugar.
Philip Moyles, chairman of the campaign group No Fry Zone 4 Kids, said: "We are delighted that the councillors have taken this step forward in the fight against obesity."