Boris Johnson backs takeaway ban near schools after Barking and Dagenham leads the way

PUBLISHED: 08:59 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:11 20 October 2014

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Councils should follow the example of Barking and Dagenham when it comes to healthy practice, according to a new report commissioned by Boris Johnson.

In a bid to tackle obesity the Mayor of London outlined plans to ban takeaways from opening within a 10 minute walk from schools, a policy Barking and Dagenham council have been implementing since 2010.

Mr Johnson is backing the Takeaways Toolkit - a new guide which sets out a range of ways local authorities can tackle the impact of fast food on Londoners’ health.

The recommendations came from the new report Better Health London, put together by former health minister and cancer surgeon, Lord Darzi.

He specifically refers to the borough as a reference to good practice related to this work, saying: “All London councils should follow the lead of Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, and Tower Hamlets by refusing permission for fast food outlets to open within 400m of schools.”

The council’s policy also prohibits more than five per cent of units within a retail centre to be hot food as well as forbidding more than two hot-food takeaways to be located adjacent to each other.

Other measures Mr Johnson has outlined include Ofsted-style ratings which will flag up the best and worst schools at promoting healthy eating.

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