Bid for ‘No Fry Zones’ es­ca­lates

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE cam­paign to es­tab­lish ‘No Fry Zones’ in Fin­gal that would keep fast-food out­lets away from places like schools is gath­er­ing pace lo­cally. The move­ment gained im­pe­tus with the on­go­ing cam­paign in Sk­er­ries op­pos­ing a driv­ethru, fast-food out­let there, close to schools and a créche.

A ‘No Fry Zone’ mo­tion was dis­cussed in de­tail at the Spe­cial Pol­icy Com­mit­tee on Plan­ning and Strate­gic In­fra­struc­ture meet­ing at the end of Oc­tobe where Cllrs David Healy (GP) and Tom O’ Leary (FG) both pro­posed the mo­tion.

Pol­icy Man­ager with The Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion, Kathryn Reilly pre­sented some very stark sta­tis­tics to the coun­cil­lors who at­tended.

Safe­food re­search es­ti­mates that 85,688 lives will be lost pre­ma­turely be­cause of child­hood over­weight and obe­sity across the island of Ire­land. That’s 3,413 peo­ple in Fin­gal.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Reilly: ‘The pri­mary fo­cus of the fight against obe­sity should be to cre­ate en­vi­ron­ments and in­flu­ence cul­ture to sup­port children and par­ents eat­ing health­ier foods and be­ing more ac­tive in all set­tings, through Gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion to fos­ter healthy liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments and the de­liv­ery of more tar­geted pro­grammes.

‘The de­vel­op­ment of No Fry Zones is recog­nised as an in­te­gral part of re­duc­ing the obe­so­genic en­vi­ron­ment. In fact, im­por­tant na­tional poli­cies and re­ports have made spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions on No Fry Zones and cre­at­ing healthy en­vi­ron­ments.’

On Novem­ber 21 there is a stake­holder fo­rum on the built en­vi­ron­ment be­ing hosted by the Depart­ment of Health in Fin­gal and those fight­ing for no Fry Zones in Fin­gal be­lieve the is­sue must be on the agenda at that meet­ing.

Mean­while, the fight against the drive-thru project in Sk­er­ries con­tin­ues and to fund it, a ta­ble quiz was hosted in the Sail­ing Club in Sk­er­ries to help raise funds to hire a pro­fes­sional plan­ner to work on be­half of lo­cal res­i­dents. The night was a great suc­cess with a sell out of ta­bles and mas­sive sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses who kindly do­nated prizes on the night.

A de­ci­sion on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is anx­iously awaited.

Bren­dan Ryan TD with comit­tee mem­bers Louise Ring, Karen Power, Cather­ine Sex­ton, Cor­rina Cun­nane, Adri­enne Storey, Joe O’ Brien and Henry Silke at the ta­ble quiz in the Sail­ing Club to raise funds against the Fast food Drive Thru ap­pli­ca­tion at Sk­er­ries Point Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Sk­er­ries res­i­dents with Cllr Cathal Boland (NP) demon­stat­ing at County Hall in favour of No Fry Zones

Dave and Louise Web­ber­ley with Bob Na­van at the ta­ble quiz in the Sail­ing Club to raise funds against the Fast food Drive Thru ap­pli­ca­tion at Sk­er­ries Point Shop­ping Cen­tre.

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