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Cheney School calls for Headington burger van ban

Burger van
Image caption The school said the business was tempting the pupils with unhealthy food

A school in Oxfordshire is campaigning to get a fast-food van banned from operating near its school.

Cheney School in Headington says the First Class Diner van risks undermining efforts to make children eat healthily.

Oxford City Council confirmed it had received complaints about the food and drinks business and said it would be reviewing the licence on 24 July.

Van owner Mehmet Yilmaz said he would be willing to talk to the school about the type of food he sells.

He declined to comment further ahead of the licensing hearing.

'Very frustrating'

Head teacher Jolie Kirby said: "I am deeply concerned that this fast-food van is parked just a few metres away from Cheney School.

"As a school we work tirelessly to provide high quality, affordable and healthy food to our school community.

"We provide a free breakfast to students, many of which receive free school meals, to ensure all our students have a healthy start to the day.

"To have this undermined by the provision of fast, unhealthy food and drinks so near our doorstep is very frustrating.

"We do hope the council understand our concerns and support our school community by reconsidering the location of this business.

"I sincerely hope that this van will not be allowed to operate outside our school or any other school."

A council spokesman said: "A Street Trading Application on Warneford Lane was approved at October's Licensing and Registration Sub Committee authorising the sale of hot and cold food and canned drinks.

"In accordance with our street trading policy, the consent is being referred to the Licensing and Registration Sub Committee on 24 July 2013 as there have been complaints about the operation of the hot food van during the current duration of consent, which runs from April 2013 to March 2014."

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