City council ponder ban on new takeaways
NEW takeaways could soon be banned from opening on two city roads 'overrun' with fast-food restaurants.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is considering adopting planning guidelines to stop more takeaways setting up in Waterloo Road, Cobridge, and London Road, Stoke.
The authority is already looking at creating takeaway exclusion zones surrounding secondary schools to tackle childhood obesity.
And it is now discussing extending the restrictions to out-of-town centre areas where there is already a proliferation of kebab houses and other food outlets.
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Councillor Alan Dutton, below, a member of the development management committee, said: "I think it is a good idea because we don't want takeaways everywhere we look.
"There are fast-food restaurants every two feet in some cases, especially towards the end of Waterloo Road.
"It comes at a time that we are discussing obesity in children across the city. We need to restrict the number being built but we need backing in terms of planning constraints."
The stretch of Waterloo Road from Elder Road to the junction with Moorland Road has around 16 takeaways and London Road has a similar number.
Senior planning officer Vicky Wootton said: "London Road and Waterloo Road are not defined as being in city centres and these are two particular problem areas. There is a lot of sprawl in these areas and the issue is that it takes visitors away from towns centres and it is about controlling that leakage."
The proposals, which are expected to be adopted next summer, have been welcomed by takeaway owners.
Mohsen Maqbool, aged 29, manager of Adams Fast-Food, in Waterloo Road, said: "This road is literally packed full of fast-food joints so I think it's a good idea if the council wants to stop anymore from opening.
"I've lived on this road since I was born and there only used to be a few takeaways and then more and more came and it hasn't stopped."
Omar Walizada, of Barrett Drive, Cobridge, whose dad owns Aria Charcoal, in Waterloo Road, said: "If it does go ahead, I think it will probably help the business because there will be less competition. At the moment, business is OK but not that great."