24th Oct, 2016

KFC vows to be a good neighbour

Solihull Editorial 18th Jul, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

FAST food giant KFC has committed to being a responsible neighbour after winning its bid to build a new restaurant next to Shirley Heath Junior School.

Campaigners took to the picket line and voiced their opposition to the application – loudest among them was the restaurant being in close proximity to the school.

And Solihull Council supported their calls when its planning committee rejected the application.

The company took its appeal to the Planning Inspectorate – and last week we reported how an officer in Bristol has given the controversial development on the former Entrinsic site on Stratford Road the go ahead.

But KFC has vowed allaying community fears was on their agenda after we reported last week how there were still fears over children’s safety at the drive through and over childhood obesity levels.

A spokesperson told us: “We’re committed to being a responsible neighbour and have worked closely with the local authorities to ensure they are satisfied that all concerns raised have been addressed.

“Our restaurant will create 40 career opportunities locally and we will continue to work closely with the community in Shirley to ensure KFC is a positive addition to the local area in all respects.”