London: Council killjoys want to ban chip shop punters from eating with their fingers.

Keep your fingers out: Liverpool council chiefs want people to eat their fish and chips with cutlery and in plates. representation pic

Chiefs at Liverpool City Council came up with the bonkers idea, which has been slammed as ‘health and safety gone mad’ by locals.

But Nick Small, Liverpool council’s enterprise chief said the move was intended to tackle city centre littering.

He said, “We don’t want people buying chips, eating them outside and then dropping their litter.”

Any new business bidding for a pavement cafe licence will now be ordered to serve food on plates with cutlery, rather than in paper bags or polystyrene trays.

The move will mainly affect fast food outlets, chippies, kebab houses and takeaways.

Small said: “We can see the benefits of pavement cafes being there, we just want them to up their standards.

He continued: “The city council’s highways team is currently writing to everyone who has a pavement cafe licence to say ‘make sure standards are where they should be’. Some need to be a lot better quality. Some look shabby.”