Bid for ‘No Fry Zones’ escalates
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.