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Fast-track process for pavement licences launched in Barking and Dagenham

The measure is to make it easier for businesses that sell food and drink, to seat and serve customers outdoors (credit: Video Girl)

Barking and Dagenham Council has launched a fast-track process for pavement licences.

Cafes, restaurants and bars, are now able to apply for a licence which will enable them to place removable furniture over certain paths adjacent to their premises.

The measure is to make it easier for businesses that sell food and drink, to seat and serve customers outdoors.

The Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced the licence to help companies recover from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

If successfully granted by the council, the licence will be allowed to remain in place until September 2021.

Once a pavement licence has been granted, clear access routes on the highway will need to be maintained, taking into account the needs of all users, including disabled people.

Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Councillor Margaret Mullane, said: “The pavement licence is just another initiative to support businesses and enable them to remain open during the pandemic, while encouraging social distancing and keeping residents safe.

“So far, we have issued retail, leisure and hospitality grants of over £25m to nearly 2000 local businesses to help them continue trading and save jobs.

“We also continue to issue guidance to, and support businesses to enable them to trade safely and protect their customers.”

Businesses who are interested in applying can find out more on the Council’s website.

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