Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Pavement Café Licences in Newry?

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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Slieve Gullion area Sinn Féin Councillor Aoife Finnegan has said that she is hopeful Newry, Mourne & Down Council will follow the example of Belfast City Council by introducing a temporary application process for Pavement Café Licences.

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Speaking to Newry Times, the Councillor commented, “The announcement by Belfast City Council to introduce a temporary applications process for Pavement Cafe licences is a welcome one and will no doubt help businesses begin their recovery in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.



“Cafés, Licensed Premises and Restaurants can apply. The application fees have also been waived.

She continued, “I have been liaising with owners of various hospitality businesses here in Crossmaglen about how initiatives like this can be rolled out by them in a practical and appropriate fashion.

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“Recently I contacted the Department for Communities urging it to work with the Department for Infrastructure and our Council in order to help ensure that obstacles can be overcome.”



The local Councillor continued, “A pavement café licence authorises a person who operates a business supplying food or drink (in or from premises) to place furniture on a public area for use by customers.

“This includes cafés, restaurants, pubs, retail outlets providing refreshments, takeaways, and supermarkets with a deli counter.

“Many businesses throughout South Armagh or indeed the Council region would benefit from being able to utilise any such granting of a license.”



Councillor Finnegan added, “I have written to Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chief Executive Marie Ward asking her to bring proposals for the introduction of similar temporary Pavement Licensing Application process and the waiving of all associated fees.”


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