OPPONENTS of the rapid expansion of fast food takeaways in the borough have been delighted to learn a new application for another has been rejected.
The new takeaway, would have been in Yiewsley High Street, which already has more than half a dozen, but councillors did not approve the proposals.
Number 13 High Street was previously an estate agents, and the site owner had applied for a change of use to become a fast food outlet.
Councillors decided last Tuesday (8/3) that the application had provided no details of how it would control noise, or emissions, and also derided a lack of accurate drawings of the property.
John Davies, chair of the Yiewsley and West Drayton Town Centre Action Group, said: "It is about time they should have started saying no years ago. I don't know how all these places survive.
"The High Street will never go back to what it used to be, it created social and community cohesion as people used to shop locally. But what it now lacks is diversity. We have a lot of takeaway outlets and people regularly complain about it. I do believe there are high streets in the borough which are worse than ours. Rents are a problem, I don't understand why landlords would rather have an empty shop than reduce their rates."
Yiewsley's current takeaways include Pizza Hut, KFC, Kebaburger, Hollywood Pizza Fried Chicken, and Pizza GoGo.
Ironically many of these are situated directly opposite the headquarters of NHS Hillingdon, whose remit includes reducing the levels of obesity in the borough, the fourth highest in London.
Recently the Gazette reported on complaints from residents in Uxbridge, about another takeaway outlet gaining approval in Park Road, a short walk from the town centre.
Government advisors have discussed introducing a 'fat tax' for businesses after the idea was adopted in Oldham, Greater Manchester, but Hillingdon Council have previously stated they have no plans to introduce a similar policy.
The council did however, ban ice cream vans from town centres and outside schools because they said they wished to promote healthy eating, in a move which attracted widespread criticism.