Five town centre cafes and pubs first in area to apply for new pavement licences


Five town centre cafes and pubs in a Staffordshire Moorlands town have applied to set up tables outside their businesses under a new scheme.

The businesses, in Leek town centre, are the first to apply Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the new pavement licences to set up tables and chairs.

Some of the businesses that have applied already have tables and chairs outside.

Pavement licences have been introduced by the government to make it easier for businesses to place furniture on the highway – so they can serve more customers while social distancing is in place.

The following local businesses in the Staffordshire Moorlands have applied for pavement licences so far: 

  • The Roebuck, Derby Street, Leek
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  • The Cattle Market, Fountain Street, Leek
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  • Cafe Apollonia, Market Place, Leek
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  • Coffee Beans Cafe, Derby Street, Leek
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  • The Hideout, Market Place, Leek

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A report to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel said: “Business which currently use (or proposes to use) premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption (on or off the premises) can apply for a licence. Businesses that are eligible include: public houses, cafes, bars, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, and ice cream parlours.

“A licence permits the business to use furniture placed on the highway to sell or serve food or drink and/or allow it to be used by people for consumption of food or drink supplied from, or in connection with the use of the premises.

“If the local authority does not determine the application before the end of the determination period (which is 5 working days beginning with the first day after the public consultation period (excluding public holidays), the licence is deemed to have been granted for a year (but not beyond 30 September 2021) and the business can place the proposed furniture such as tables and chairs within the area set out in the application for the purpose or purposes proposed.”





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