City bans cheese toast to tackle crime

City bans cheese toast to tackle crime

Cheese toast has also been blamed for students' absenteeism as well as their 'terrorising' behaviour against the locals.



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Published: Sat 12 Jan 2019, 7:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 12 Jan 2019, 9:18 AM

Authorities in Bristol have banned cheese toasties over fear of the food's links to antisocial behaviour among youth. The problem surfaced after authorities denied licence to food van owner to operate in the city's Monks Park which is next to a school.
"It's (Monks Park) right next to Orchard School, which is a challenging school that sometimes has a problem with keeping kids in school. They have to have patrols of staff to make sure kids don't walk off site. The lure of a food concession may encourage kids to take a little walk," councilor Claire Hiscott was quoted as saying in Metro.co.uk.
Cheese toasties have also been blamed for students' absenteeism as well as their 'terrorising' behaviour against the locals. Hiscott said, "The school has made a lot of effort to encourage healthy eating. We have problems with childhood obesity. Historically we had antisocial behaviour, not just motorbikes, from young adults gathering with alcohol and causing a disturbance."
Fearing that offensive behaviour might bounce back, Hiscott added, "Anything that's going to be a gathering place is likely to bring that back. We've managed to eradicate that. It's a nice quiet park." Not that cold food and drinks were never sold near the park area, it is only now that the vendors were told they won't be allowed to sell cheese toasties.
Speaking on the problem, planning and development officer Sue Long said, "We're very mindful of what will work within a park. 'We're looking to replicate coffee and ice cream rather than a burger or chips van. That's not something we would consider."


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