OUTRAGED parents want to stop fast food being sold directly outside a school's gates.
A proposal for a fast food van to have permission to park outside Colne Valley High School and Linthwaite Ardron Junior and Infant, both in Church Lane, Linthwaite, has caused a stir.
The application for street trading has been made so hot dogs, crisps, sweets, and ice cream can be sold outside the schools between the hours of 11.30am and 1pm Monday to Friday.
The Examiner tried to find out who the mystery vendor was, but planning chiefs have blocked naming the trader claiming the information is sensitive to the business.
The plans have angered parents and teachers at the schools who are objecting to the sale of hot food such as hot dogs, burgers and chips.
And the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Margaret Fearnley, who represents Linthwaite, has also backed the campaign to stop the van being allowed to trade.
In a letter to Kirklees Council mum Alison Forrest, of Church Lane, says: "My main objections are firstly as a parent with two children at the local school and trying to follow recent Government guidelines on healthy eating for children.
"I am also worried about the times. Surely this is going to encourage children to leave the safety of the school grounds. Secondly as a resident of Church Lane I am concerned about the amount of litter and rubbish this venture would be bound to cause."
These worries are echoed by both headteachers.
Eelin Megson, head at Linthwaite Ardron, writes: "I most strongly request that you refuse this application.
"Our school has been working hard for more than a year now to teach our children about the value of good nutrition.
"We have completely changed our school menus to exclude additives and colourants. If this licence is granted what will this tell our children?"
Clr Fearnley said: "We have done a lot of work to promote healthy living to children so it seems ridiculous a van could sell hot dogs outside a school gate," she said.
"If it was just ice cream it would not be as bad but selling hot dogs tempts young people to eat that for lunch rather than a school dinner.
"There is also traffic worries. It can get very busy around that with people coming and going to the church.
"And there is no lay-by. The van would have to park on the roadside."
The plans will go before councillors next Monday at the Regulatory Panel meeting at the town hall.