PLANS have been submitted to bring another drive-through fast food restaurant to Gosport – potentially the town’s third.
But a top doctor has issued a warning about the plan because Gosport has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country.
I personally feel that we have an obligation to our community to help them stay healthy.Doctor David Chilvers
A planning application to build a Burger King drive-through has been submitted to the council and will be considered by its regulatory board. The application would see the new Burger King restaurant built at 154 Fareham Road.
The restaurant, if given permission, will be built just 360ft away from a KFC drive-through which opened less than a year ago. As well as the Burger King, a McDonald’s could also open at Brockhurst Gate in Gosport. A planning application is yet to be submitted for that.
Doctor David Chilvers, a practice partner at Waterside Medical Centre, in Gosport, said: ‘I feel that we have an obligation to our community to help them stay healthy. We are all working hard to help make it easier to make the right choices and stay healthy.
‘This is vital because Gosport has one of the highest percentages of obese and very obese children in the country and we are storing up problems for our futures.
‘Fast food outlets that encourage you to “go large” do just that.’
Gosport is the sixth most obese town in England with 72 per cent of people considered overweight or obese, with a Body Mass Index level of more than 25.
As previously reported in The News, Gosport council was given £22,000 by Hampshire County Council to identify areas of health which need improving.
Cllr Roger Allen, who sits on the health and well-being board as well as the regulatory board, said the town’s bad health was a worry.
‘It is a concern of mine,’ he said. ‘Gosport has issues with diabetes and obesity but we need to take an application on its merit – not the food it serves.’
Leader of the council, Cllr Mark Hook, said although a healthy lifestyle is important, it is up to the residents of Gosport to choose what they want to eat.
‘It is really up to the public if they want to support the application,’ he said. ‘People are aware of the health and wellbeing options and it is for them to make a decision.’