Nine Stafford Borough businesses secure pavement licences

Pubs and cafes in a borough have been granted pavement licences so they can put tables and chairs outside and help customers stay socially distanced.

A Google Street View Image Of The Swan Inn In Stafford Street Stone
A Google Street View Image Of The Swan Inn In Stafford Street Stone

New legislation was passed by Government in July to speed up the process of securing a licence for outdoor seating for businesses welcoming customers back after lockdown.

Stafford Borough Council approved its own pavement licence policy in late July.

The authority is charging £100 per licence to help meet the costs of administering the scheme – but other councils such as Cannock Chase and Newcastle Borough have waived the fee.

Jonathan Price, Stafford Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The hospitality industry has been hit very hard in the last few months and the use of pavements for cafes, bars and restaurants has assumed a new importance given the evidence of a lower risk of spreading coronavirus outdoors.

“We hope this new legislation will provide the opportunity to some of those businesses to utilise space outside to attract more customers – especially given the constraints still in place to prevent the spread of the virus.”

So far nine businesses have applied for pavement licences in Stafford Borough – and all nine bids have proved successful. Five Stafford businesses have now been given the go-ahead to introduce outdoor seating and tables, with a further three in Stone and one in Eccleshall.

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