A SHIRLEY dad has called on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to back a fight against plans to build a take-away close to a primary school.
Plans to build the KFC restaurant and drive-through on Stratford Road have enraged locals who say the outlet will encourage childhood obesity and increase litter and traffic.
Will Mitchell, who lives in Bishopton Close, has concerns over the new plans: “I am one of the closest residents to the proposed drive-through - KFC will basically be in my back yard.
“As a parent, I am extremely concerned. The last thing I want is my child hopping off the bus after school and going straight into KFC.
“My wife has had sleepless nights about this. We are worried about other children, the smell and even the vermin this could cause.
“The only positive I can see is that it will create more jobs.”
The 43-year-old said he wants as many residents as possible to be aware of the plans and is even trying to get the backing of TV chef Jamie Oliver, who is known for encouraging children to eat healthier meals.
Other residents have contacted Solihull Council to raise objections to the scheme, which would see the outlet staying open until 11pm.
Simon Bright said: “Although I agree the old Etrinsic site needs redevelopment, I do not believe another fast food chain is the right thing.
“The local school, Shirley Heath, is next door and there is far too much temptation for impressionable school children to go in there after school to eat fried chicken.”
Councillor Peter Doyle (Con, Shirley South) said residents living in Bishopton Close, Snitterfield Drive and Stratford Road were also angry over the plans.
After contacting Jamie Oliver’s enquiries team, Mr Mitchell received the following: “Although Jamie cannot intervene in individual cases, he is on record as saying that he does not agree with fast food outlets being built and opened close to schools so he would share your concerns.”