School’s fears over plans for fast-food van

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TEACHERS are fighting plans by a fast-food seller to set up a stall close to their school in Sheffield.

But entrepreneur Mohammad Abdulkader has hit out at objections to his application to sell hot and cold food and drink from a van in Owler Lane, Sheffield, near to Fir Vale School.

Mr Abdulkader, aged 31, wants to serve burgers, kebabs, paninis and other foods from his vehicle between 11.30am and 3.30pm, meaning hundreds of pupils will pass the van when the school day finishes at 2.55pm.

But teaching staff and school governors have voiced fears the van will lead to young people tucking into unhealthy grub, as well as discouraging them from attending after-school clubs.

Residents and nearby businesses, including Page Hall Medical Centre, have also written to Sheffield Council to oppose the application ahead of a planning board meeting on Tuesday,

Fir Vale headteacher Breffini Martin said: “The children don’t go out at lunchtime, which means we know they are eating healthy, balanced meals.

“We introduced the policy last year because we were getting complaints and it has worked well for everyone.

“We’ve worked hard to achieve our Healthy Schools Award and continue to work with on-site providers to give pupils a balanced and nutritious diet.

“This would cause the same problems yet again. We have the full backing of the community on this objection.”

But Mr Abdulkar, of Shiregreen, Sheffield, said: “Everything will be freshly made on the day. I am providing a service, if they don’t come to me they will get it from somewhere else.

“The food will be freshly made by me. I understand about the rubbish, but I’m prepared to make that my responsibility.

“I’ve spent a lot of money on my van and I pass all the health and safety and food hygiene regulations.”