Council to 'fast-track' al fresco dining licences

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Cheshire East Council says it has made it easier for pubs, cafes and restaurants to set up for outdoor dining.

The authority says it has 'streamlined' the process for pavement licences, and it will cost £100 to apply.

Businesses should find out within 10 days if they have been successful.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “These streamlined provisions will temporarily allow many bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants to apply for licences, to accommodate outdoor dining on public highways.

"This fast-tracked route is ideal compared to the lengthier, more expensive standard regulatory processes.

“The new measures will support a safe al fresco dining experience on our pavements whilst maintaining adequate space for pedestrians. It is essential to follow current government guidance and signage in your local town, being conscious of public safety to help keep us all safe.”

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “These temporary measures are supporting businesses to reopen their doors. Economically, this will help licenced premises to survive and rebuild income after the pandemic lockdown.

“Businesses and their customers do however need to be mindful, to respect other pedestrians using the pavements during this time. I would encourage all businesses looking to use outdoor seating areas to make sure they apply. The process is relatively straightforward and inexpensive.”

There is more information here: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/alfresco


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