Essex is to get one of England’s ten new so-called “healthy towns.”
It’s hoped the development, around the site of the old Barking power station on the Thames, will help tackle obesity and improve care for the elderly.
The NHS plans would ban fast food outlets near schools, and people would be encouraged to eat better and exercise more.
Across the country, the scheme will see around 170,000 people living in more than 76,000 homes.
The sites picked to be part of the programme are;
Whitehill and Bordon in Hampshire
Cranbrook in Devon
A new development in Darlington
Barking Riverside Essex
Halton Lea in Runcorn, Cheshire
Whyndyke Farm in Fylde, Lancashire
A new community in Bicester, Oxfordshire
Northstowe in Cambridgeshire
Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent
Barton Park in Oxford.
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