Scarborough restaurant and Whitby pub granted pavement licences

Two new premises in the Scarborough borough have been granted a pavement licence to allow customers to enjoy a social distanced meal and a drink once lockdown is lifted.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 10:30 am

McDonald’s in Huntriss Row, Scarborough has been granted a licence by Scarborough Council to allow it to continue to have outside seating to the front of its restaurant.

The Middle Earth Tavern pub in Whitby has also been successful in applying for the same permission at its Church Street premises..

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.

McDonald's on Huntriss Row, Scarborough picture from 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 while 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.

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