South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon weighs in on Stuston KFC and Starbucks plans
Local authorities should focus on providing better quality food options to its residents, a local MP has claimed – in response to controversial plans to build a Starbucks and KFC in Suffolk.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon weighed in to the debate this week, claiming that “people deserve more choices than fried chicken.”
Plans for the two outlets at the A140/A143 junction, along the Norfolk/Suffolk border in Stuston, have become a contentious issue in recent weeks, with councillors and residents voicing their opposition.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Bacon said that the onus should lie on local authorities to provide more opportunities for healthy, better cooked food outlets.
“Don’t people deserve more choices than fried chicken?”, he said.
“There are many different choices that ought to be available.
“If you go to one of the major teaching hospitals – St Thomas in London, opposite Parliament – they have a big food festival outside every Thursday, with an array of food you can buy – hot street food, paella, all kinds of different things, and it’s very nourishing, healthy, and well-cooked, and it’s a hell of a lot more tasty than Kentucky Fried Chicken."
“Local Government and the planning authorities need to insist on more, in terms of quality.”
The plans were submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council by Pegasus Group – on behalf of commercial property investors Harkalm Developments – and promise a drive-thru service, complete with a 68-bay car park.
Since submitting the application earlier this year, residents have raised a host of complaints, with many concerned that it may increase the likelihood of flooding in the area. The land currently serves as a flood plain to the nearby River Waveney.