Pavement power in free-trade areas
to use the space,” he said.
“This is also a fantastic way to really activate the streets and add to the variation in retail experience in the Town, continuing its vision of a vibrant lifestyle.”
Alasdair Craigie, from RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers, said they would consider putting out tables to create an alfresco area.
Tuesday was the first he had heard of the new initiative when a council representative came to talk to him about the free-trade area decision made at the last council meeting.
“It’s one thing I really like about Victoria Park; they are quite progressive like that,” he said of the Town’s business support.
The first phase of this initiative will be rolled out next month, in the form of an online self-assessment tool.
“We’re also deleting the application and annual licence fees for alfresco areas and display of goods on footpaths in the 2016/17 Budget, which will result in an annual saving of around $150,000 to local businesses in application fees alone,” chief executive Len Kosova said.
Victoria Park is also looking to streamline the process to get a free-trade permit.
Fiona Austin displays some wares out the front of The Good Store.