New guidelines, aimed at encouraging a pavement café culture in town centres across Argyll and Bute have been approved.
At its meeting on Thursday, 7 December 2017 members of the council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee approved the Pavement Café Guidelines to help meet the demands of local businesses and to make it as easy as possible for establishments to provide food and drink outside their premises.
Councillor Roddy McCuish, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead Roads and Amenities Services said:
“As a council we are committed to encouraging a pavement café culture throughout Argyll and Bute as the trend for an alfresco eating and drinking is on the increase.
“It is our aim to make it as easy as possible to provide these facilities as it without doubt it adds vibrancy to our town centres and helps to boost to the local economy by making our town centres attractive places to visit and enjoy our hospitality.”
Each business with a pavement café will be issued with the new guidelines which will be available on the council website and supersede the previous Pavement Café Policy and requirement to apply for a licence.
Proprietors considering a pavement café should still make contact with the Planning Department to find out if planning permission would be required.