Clarke welcomes commitment to regulate on street cafe provision

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Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed plans for legislation to be introduced to regulate on street café provision, which will allow District Councils to promote street cafes. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Patrick Clarke stated, “I welcome the fact that the Social Development Minister has committed to bringing forward this legislation. It is something that Alliance has previously called for as it will be beneficial to both our culture and our economy. It will not only regulate something that already happens but I believe it will increase the amount of on street café provision in a controlled means.” “In other countries you would often see a lot of on street cafes and restaurants that helped provide an atmosphere in towns and cities. With this legislation, we will be able to create a similar atmosphere here. It could go a long way to help attract tourists to our popular tourist towns in Down District and increase the revenue our food and drink sector makes.” He added, “On street cafes obviously need regulation, so I welcome the Minister’s proposals for Councils to be the regulatory body. We would lose the potential benefits if our streets became overrun with tables and chairs from cafes and restaurants or if disagreements arose between neighbouring businesses.”
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