Liverpool City Council considers limiting takeaway shops

Liverpool City Council is considering plans to limit the number of fast food takeaways in the region, in a bid to reduce the number of people becoming obese.

Official data shows 64.2 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, with the national average standing at 64.6 per cent. The council has maintained that the proposal would stop areas being ‘taken over by fast food restaurants’ and would help build an overall healthier city.

A consultation on the plan is due to be held in September.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, from the local authority, said: “There are areas where a street gets almost taken over simply by takeaways that the available fresh foodstores like the butchers are basically taken over by fast food."