Pavement Cafes Statutory Licensing Scheme Welcomed- McMullan
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed the fact that over the next few months a Bill will be introduced into the Assembly to allow café and bars to serve food and drinks outside its premises.
Mr. McMullan said,
“Pavement cafes and bars are very popular across Europe yet the industry here is hampered by legislation on capitalising on any period of good weather from having a similar outdoor service.
“At the moment many bars and cafes are experiencing a difficult time due to the downturn in the economy so anything that encourages increased trade in the sector need to be welcomed.
“The new legislation will enable a café or bar to apply for a pavement licence through the Council to serve food and drink in a designated area. I believe that this will help create a good atmosphere within our city and town centres.
“This new law is something that the catering and hospitality industry have been lobbying for as it will bring it into line with the rest of Europe and allow people to relax in the sunshine during periods of good weather.”