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No Fry Zone

The No Fry Zone4Kids are seeking your support in order to make a change to the Wicklow County Development Plan 2016-2022 (the “WCDP”).
Supporting this campaign should take very little of your time, however your actions could have a significant impact on the rising levels of childhood obesity in our schools and could help to safeguard the future health of children in County Wicklow.

The proposal from the No Fry Zone campaign is very simple :

"If passed, the WCDP would be amended to include the following protection for children:

Chapter 6, Centres & Retailing. Under Section 6.3 Objectives for Centres & Retail and under the Heading "Retail uses" is RT17 below.

RT17 Conscious of the fact that planning has an important role to play in promoting and facilitating active and healthy living patterns for local communities, the following criteria will be taken into account in the assessment of development proposals for fastfood/takeaway outlets, including those with a drive through facility:

• Exclude any new fast-food outlets which offer foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar from being built or from operating within 400m of the gates or site boundary of schools, parks or 
playgrounds, excluding premises zoned town centre;
• Fast food outlets/takeaways with proposed drive through facilities will generally only be 
acceptable within Major Town Centres or District Centres and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis;
• Location of vents and other external services and their impact on adjoining amenities in terms of noise/smell/visual impact."

Deadline for Submission is Friday, 19th February.
Below is a choice of templates that can be used or modified to reflect your views on this topic
Include your name, address, date and make sure to sign it.
Submissions can be made by post or email
- County Development Plan Review, Planning Department, Wicklow County Council, Station Road, Wicklow Town
Via email to: planreview [AT] wicklowcoco [DOT] ie
There is NO fee to submit and anyone can submit – you can live outside Wicklow and submit.
- Cover the councillors in your district, their contact details can be found here http://www.wicklow.ie/elected-council-members.
- Let us know that you have submitted.
Email nofryzone4kids [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Facebook http://bit.ly/NoFryZone4Kids
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Twitter @nofryzone4us.

THANK YOU !

There are some templates that you can copy/paste and send to the different email addresses above:

Template 1

Address
Address
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RE: Submission in support of Objective RT17 in chapter 6, centres and retail, draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016 -2022.

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you as a concerned parent (guardian/ teacher/member of the public (delete as appropriate) to make a submission to the draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016 - 2022. In particular, Objective RT17 Section 6.3 Objectives for Centres & Retail, which looks to:

“Exclude any new fast-food outlets which offer foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar from being built or from operating within 400m of the gates or site boundary of schools, parks or playgrounds, excluding premises zoned town centre”

Obesity is a huge issue in Ireland today, 39% of adults are overweight, 25% are obese and the number of children who are significantly overweight has trebled over the past decade.
25% of children are over-weight with 1 in 4 9 year old girls and 1 in 5 9 year old boys defined as obese.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that Ireland is on course to become the fattest nation in Europe.
The direct and indirect costs of overweight and obesity in 2009 were estimated at €1.13 billion. (Page 3, Executive Summary, The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014 – 2020). The Irish Heart Foundation estimates that the cost of obesity will be € 5.4 Billion by 2030 if we do not act. Healthcare experts are now predicting that our generation will have a shorter life expectancy (up to 5 years) than previous generations primarily due to obesity.

The root causes of many obesity issues can be traced to childhood. Research & studies show that, if uninterrupted, childhood obesity will invariably lead to increasing rates of diet-related non communicable diseases such as type 2 Diabetes among children and young people which will follow them into adult life.

It has been conclusively shown by studies in the US that there is a correlation between fast foods, childhood obesity and proximity to schools. The conclusions showed that rate of obesity in school children increased by at least 25% when fast food outlets were located within 400metres of schools. Fast foods being those high in sugar, salt and fats.

It is clear that Planning at local government and national level have a crucial role to play in tackling this issue. We have a responsibility to invest and safe guard our children and young people.
Adopting objective RT 17 into the Wicklow County Development Plan is one step in tackling this obesity issue and will provide long-term benefits to our society and our economy.

For the reasons and information outlined above, I fully support objective RT17 as described and request that Wicklow County Council approve and introduce this amendment into the 2016 – 2022 County Development Plan. This will enable responsible planning decisions regarding the location of new fast food outlets and their proximity to schools.
We must act now.
Yours Sincerely,

Template 2

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Address 2
Address 3

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RE: Submission in support of Objective RT17 in chapter 6, centres and retail, draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016 -2022.

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you as a concerned parent (guardian/ teacher/member of the public (delete as appropriate) to make a submission to the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016-2022.

It was with huge regret and anger that I witnessed the 3 year battle local concerned residents in Greystones endured with Wicklow County Council, An Bord Plenála, McDonalds and most recently Lidl, in an effort to safeguard the welfare of 1,800 school children.

We are all aware of the obesity problem in this country, in particular amongst children and how important it now is to look what we can do in our homes, schools, and community etc to reverse this serious health epidemic.

Thankfully, on this occasion, Lidl had a change of heart and the proposed development, which potentially could have put the health of our local children at risk, will now not go ahead

So, in order to prevent this from happening to other schools within Wicklow County, I wish to support the proposal that a No Fry Zone be implemented within the Wicklow County Local Area Plan, in particular within 400m of the gates or site boundaries of schools.

Yours sincerely,

Template 3

Address1
Address 2
Address 3

Date

RE: Submission in support of Objective RT17 in chapter 6, centres and retail, draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016 -2022.

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you as a concerned parent (guardian/ teacher/member of the public (delete as appropriate) to make a submission to the Draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016-2022. In particular Section 6.3 Objectives for Centres & Retail, this looks to:

“Exclude any new fast-food outlets which offer foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar from being built or from operating within 400m of the gates or site boundary of schools, parks or playgrounds, excluding premises zoned town centre”

As a nation, we are now all too aware of the escalating issue of obesity and diabetes in this country, in particular amongst our children, which are one of the most vulnerable within our society. It is appalling to learn that 1 in 4 Irish children are now classified as been overweight or obese. The recent Children's Lifestyle Study found soaring high-blood pressure levels amongst 9-11 year olds was due to their weekly reliance on fast-food.

This has significant implications for the health and wellbeing of Irish children, which left unaddressed, will increase the proportion of obese adults in the future. Left unmanaged, this trend will reverse life expectancy, increase disability and will have significant implications for our countries health-care costs, the cost of obesity in this country is now running at €1billion.

Research in the US indicates that children who attend a school within 400m to a fast food outlet have a 25% greater risk of obesity. The UK has made considerable advances in this area and in recent years local authorities are now using the legal and planning system to regulate the location of fast food restaurants, including those near schools.
This is a nationwide problem, one which needs public policy to reverse the trend and a planned approached at every level in order to create a supportive environment in which children in particular can lead healthier lives.
No doubt you are aware, that during her previous tenure as Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, initiated a review of Draft Local Area Plans to propose that they include a No Fry Zone around schools, playgrounds and youth sports facilities.
As we all know, Planning has a key role to play in the future development of our communities and as such has a responsibility towards the health and wellbeing of the people, young and old, that reside there.
It is for these reasons that I wish to support and request that a No Fry Zone be implemented within the Wicklow County Local Area Plan, in particular within 400m of schools. There is a place for everything and everything in its place; I am not adverse to Fast Food outlets, just that they be located in a sensible and suitable location.
Wicklow County Council now has the power to take the lead by implementing a No Fry Zone and safeguarding our school children from future exposure to unhealthy food (food that is high in sugar, fat and salt). The health and wellbeing of children, now and into the future, deserves to be at the forefront of any future planning application that could potentially adversely affect their wellbeing.
Yours sincerely,

Template 4

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Address
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Submission in support of Retail Objective RT17, Retail Uses in Section 6.3, Objectives for Centres & Retail, Draft Wicklow County Development Plan 2016 - 2022
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a resident of Co. Wicklow and I am also a parent. My children attend X school. The school has implemented a healthy eating policy, children are taught about what constitutes healthy eating and encouraged to bring nutritious lunches to school. No doubt you are aware of the increase in the levels of childhood obesity in Ireland and of the effect that this will have on our health system in the future both in terms of our health and the cost of dealing with health problems. Research tells us that children who develop unhealthy patterns of eating are likely to become unhealthy adults.
I am appealing to Wicklow County Council to take action on this issue as the County Development Plan comes up for consideration. I would like the council to ensure that we do not allow fast food outlets to be built within 400m of schools and playgrounds. It is time for our council to take national guidelines into account and ensure that fast food outlets are not given planning permission to build right beside schools but that they are instead located on more suitable sites. I understand that Wexford County Council has already taken action in this regard and I hope that our council can also take a lead on this critical issue.
We will soon move to ban advertising of alcohol to children and cigarette advertising has also been curtailed. It is obvious that schools are chosen by fast food outlets so that they can more easily target their ideal customer. I cannot see any reason to encourage fast food outlets close to schools. Traffic management issues should also be a consideration as areas in the vicinity of schools are always congested at school drop-off and pick-up times.
Please support the inclusion of the No Fry Zone amendment in the County Development Plan and play your part in keeping our children safe and healthy.

Yours Sincerely,
X

 

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