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Chips vending machine removed from Hull sports centre

The chips vending machine will be removed within days

A vending machine which dispenses hot chips is being removed from a Hull sports centre amid concerns about its implications for people's health.

The machine was installed less than a week ago at the Albert Avenue Pools.

Hull City Council said it would be removed within days after concerns were raised by some sports centre users.

Cathy Cort, from the parenting group Netmums, said the concept was "revolting" and called for healthier food in leisure centres.

'Food fascists'

She said: "We need as a nation to eat healthier than we do but we do not want to ban everything because that will not solve the issue.

"What we need is a choice. Parents don't want to be food fascists.

"They still want to treat their children after they've been exercising but with a smaller chocolate bar or healthier baked crisps rather than the king-size options that are in the vending machines."

A Netmums survey showed that 40% of leisure centre vending machines only offered "unhealthy snacks".

Alison Walker, Hull City Council's assistant head of arts and leisure, said the machine was part of a trial.

She, said: "The machine at Albert Avenue is being removed in the next few days and we will not be trialling it at other locations.

"We are currently reviewing what we sell at all of our leisure sites to look at how we can strike the right balance between healthy options and customer demand."

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