Any catering equipment sellers that have done well out of selling kit to fast food outlets launching in Croydon could be about to see that business fall off a cliff.
It emerged today that Croydon council is considering a ban on new takeaway outlets opening in a bid to halt an obesity crisis in the borough.
Almost 250 chicken, chips and kebab shops were operating in the borough last year, more than twice the number that there was five years ago.
Councillors are concerned that access to so much high-fat, deep-fried food undermines the UK-wide drive to encourage healthy eating.
One in four adults and a similar level of children in Croydon are said to be “morbidly obese”.
According to a report in the Metro newspaper, planning laws could be used to prevent more takeaways from opening up. Croydon council confirmed: “We are considering using planning powers to control the number of fast-food shops.”
Croydon North MP, Steve Reed, said he would back any move that helps to endorse a healthier diet, especially among young people.
“Croydon council has a duty to promote the wellbeing of the community,” he said. “I’d like to see it pushing the law to see what it can do in terms of promoting a wider range of shops and healthier options for local people.”