The number of takeaways along Winton high-street continues to grow as the number of students in the area rises.
Winton lies within walking distance from the University campus.
As a result, 3,500 of the 11,500 people currently living in Winton, are students.
The high number of students in the area has encouraged more takeaways to set up shop in the area and take advantage of the younger population.
Christina Smith, owner of takeaway Tennessee Takeout, said: “We find that despite the fact that we aim to attract customers of all ages, students are commonly those who visit us most.”
Whilst eating food from takeaways is of course a negative for the health of many residents in Winton, Councillor Patrick Oakley believes the vast number of them can be a positive for the area as-well.
He said: “The advantage of having these takeaways in the area is that they encourage more students to live in Winton. This is a positive as students allow for a more even spread of age groups and demographics across Winton which is in fact far more sustainable for the area.”
The above map shows the location of takeaways in Winton
A concern perhaps is that the large number of takeaways means residents are far more inclined to buy ready made food, rather than cook for themselves.
This would mean chain supermarkets such as Lidl and Waitrose in the area, suffer as a result.
We find that the customers who walk through our door, are 90% students.”
However it appears that this isn’t a concern for shops in and around the high-street.
Roy Francis, employee at local shop JJ stores, maintained the fact that business is good at their shop and students are continuing to purchase stock saying: “We find that the customers who walk through our door, are 90% students.”
It seems from the outside, that despite minor concerns over the number of takeaways in the area, overall they provide a positive influence on the area, especially from an economical perspective.