Thursday 25 June 2020
Green Party Councillor Stephen Dunlop has said he is pleased that Ards & North Down Borough Council have voted in favour of waiving Pavement Cafe Licensing Fees.
Cllr Dunlop said:
“The motion was brought in support of our local cafes and businesses as they reopen in the coming weeks and to enhance their social distancing capability. Public safety must always guide us.
“Sitting outside to have lunch or a coffee is a nice experience when the weather allows. The council and all public agencies must do everything possible to support local businesses in genuine partnership as they attempt to recover from the Covid crisis.
“There is also an onus on us to play our part in promoting public health as we emerge from this pandemic.
“In bringing this motion, Cllr Irvine and myself have been aware of the need for cafes to retain ample pavement space for people using a wheelchair, those who are visually impaired and people pushing prams. I’m confident that our business owners will show responsibility in this regard.
“Waiving pavement cafe licensing fees is a small aspect of a wider vision of building back better from the Covid crisis.
“The vision is for vibrant, safe and accessible town centres which make the most of outdoor space.
“The council is bringing together a Recovery Group to drive through Such changes and hopefully reduce unnecessary red tape.
“I look forward to seeing cafes and people make the most of this initiative during the summer months and beyond.”
Sinead McIvor - 07701 302 498