McDonald's applies to keep outside seating in Scarborough town centre

Burger fans in post-lockdown Scarborough may be able to once again enjoy their favourite fast food in an al fresco setting.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Monday, 25th January 2021, 2:36 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 2:40 pm

McDonald’s in Huntriss Row has applied to Scarborough Council to continue to have outside seating to the front of its restaurant.

The pavement licence application is now going through a public consultation.

The government legislation brought in last year, designed to promote economic recovery and growth in response to the coronavirus pandemic, introduced an easier pavement licence application process for businesses that already serve food and drink.

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McDonald's on Huntriss Row, image supplied by Google.

Planning permission is also temporarily waived for pavement licences and the process is sped up to limit the waiting times for those applying.

The aim of the legislation is to help protect hospitality businesses and give them the opportunity to maximise their income potential whilst social distancing measures remain in place.

As part of the decision-making process, Scarborough Council consults with its own environmental health team, the highways authority, North Yorkshire Police and the public.