This pub in Scarborough town centre wants to put tables and chairs on the pavement
One of Scarborough’s most popular pubs has applied to put tables and chairs outside in order to maximise the number of customers it can serve.
The Lord Rosebery, part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, is looking to get a pavement licence to put “picnic-style seating on the pavement” in front of the building in Westborough.
In its application to Scarborough Council, the pub states it would use the seating from 8am until 10pm for the “consumption of food and drink”.
The Government recently made it easier for businesses to secure licences to serve people outside in order to maintain social distancing.
The Business and Planning Act 2020 was passed to promote economic recovery and growth in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Scarborough Borough Council’s website states: “The act creates a simpler process for businesses who already serve food and drink to increase their seating capacity and maximise income potential.
“Bars, restaurants, cafés and pubs may apply to temporarily increase their seating capacity to serve customers outdoors.
“This new process is a quicker and easier route for businesses to obtain a licence to place furniture on the highway.”
The new rules allow for a shorter consultation period and all applications must then be determined within 14 days.
The closing date for the Lord Rosebery consultation is Sunday August 9.
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