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'Hypocritical' authority to consider vending machine review

Dean Kilpatrick

Local Democracy Reporter

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A local authority in Kent is considering reviewing whether or not it should sell products with high fat and sugar content in its vending machines.

Labour councillor Tristan Osborne has suggested Medway Council is being hypocritical in its drive to tackle obesity in the towns by selling chocolate bars and fizzy drinks at its leisure centres.

Speaking at a meeting last night, he said: "We have an obesity epidemic in Medway.

"Do we think it's now time that we perhaps looked at our vending machines and reduce the high-fat foods that we're actually selling as an organisation to people who we want to try to cut their intake?"

The council's Conservative deputy leader Howard Doe said he had "no objection" to the matter being looked into further, before encouraging the regeneration, culture and environment overview and scrutiny committee to get involved.

He added: "It's always a question of whether you really want to give customers what they want or you give them what's good for them.