See which Scarborough and Whitby businesses can now serve customers outdoors
Three more businesses in the Scarborough borough have been granted licences to serve their customers outdoors.
The Tea Pot at Scarborough’s East Pier, the Yew Tree Café in Scalby and Velveteen in Whitby’s Grape Lane have all been given pavement licences by Scarborough Council.
The applications have all been approved following public consultations and the licences are valid until September 30 this year.
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.
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.
More than 30 businesses across the borough have now taken advantage of the new rules to secure outdoor seating.