Council rejects fast food plans

KFC would have been just 40 metres from a school

Plans to build a fast-food restaurant 40 metres from a South Yorkshire primary school have been rejected.

Canklow Woods Primary School started a petition to stop KFC opening a new store in Rotherham on the former site of the Canklow Hotel.

Rotherham Council rejected the planning application by 10 votes to one.

The new drive-through would have been less than a minute’s walk from the school’s main entrance and 10 metres from residents’ homes.

More than 100 parents signed a petition, which was sent to the council by Canklow Primary headteacher John Henderson.

“We’re very pleased it’s been rejected,” said Mr Henderson.

“An intrinsic part of education is teaching our children the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle.”

He said the plans would have had a negative impact on the life chances of the children.

“We’re educating children about healthy eating and lifestyle. We have a healthy breakfast club and our school lunches have felt the Jamie Oliver effect.

“The idea of having KFC just down the road defies belief.”

Mr Henderson said there was already a McDonalds nearby and another fast food restaurant could create more noise and litter.

In a letter to the council Mr Henderson said the restaurant would have been in “direct contradiction” of the £200,000 it had invested in healthy eating schemes.

“Nobody from around this area wanted it because of the noise and the long opening hours,” said Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for community development, equality and young people.

“KFC is a good employer and we want them in the area. But the location is completely inappropriate. It’s deep fried food and it’s right next to a school.

“This is a deprived area and parents will be tempted to get fast food on their way to or from school.”

A KFC spokesman said: “We know there is demand for KFC in the area and there will be a lot of disappointed Rotherham residents.

“We believe we can be a positive addition to any community including creating around 30 jobs and we are considering our options before we decide on our next steps.”