Good reasons for lunch ban

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A BAN on pupils leaving school at lunchtimes will solve a number of issues and should be adopted across the region.

The primary reason to get all schools to comply will be to encourage more children to eat healthily and not leave the premises in search of junk food and chips.

Government legislation is already in place banning vending machines from selling fizzy drinks and chocolates.

But while ever schools still allow pupils to walk through the gates, they will still be able to snack on unhealthy foods.

And it is important that healthy eating habits are encouraged with the region having more than its fair share of the national problem of overweight and obese youngsters.

It is not just the issue of healthy eating. A ban on leaving school premises would also help to tackle problems such as smoking, anti-social behaviour and truancy, while also helping to encourage youngsters to get involved with physical activities during their breaks.

So we can see no reason why schools are not compelled to comply with a ban on pupils leaving school during the day.

After all, they are there to learn, not to be free to roam the streets.

Antiques Quarter is a valuable find

THE fast-growing Antiques Quarter in Sheffield is definitely something worth shouting about.

Which is why thousands of leaflets promoting the area have been distributed to tourist information offices and libraries in the city.

There has also been national media interest in the project which is based in and around Broadfield Road in Heeley.

All credit to organisers for getting 30 antique, vintage, military, retro and arts shops involved in the project.

It’s great to see this part of the city get such an attraction and is typical of the innovative thinking which has given our city such a reputation for business excellence.

Let’s hope it succeeds in promoting the area, boosting trade and encouraging new businesses to spring up locally.

A marathon effort

THE sweat and the tears that hot summer’s day in May – yes there was at least one – was worth it as more than 7,000 competitors completed the Sheffield Half Marathon.

For the fruit of their efforts have just been revealed with the announcement of a record amount of money raised for charities – £175,000.

It was a supreme effort. Well done to all who competed.