Shopkeepers receive letters of warning about clearing streets
RETAILERS HAVE been told to move tables, chairs, signage and any other items from outside their shops in the centre of Bray, it has emerged.
A letter was sent out to businesses last week asking for items including signs, baskets and furniture to be removed.
‘ It’s terrible,’ said the owner of a local coffee shop. ‘ We’re trying to promote the town and make it lovely.
‘We’re not obstructing anyone. I’m going to leave them out as long as I can!’
The correspondence was received by retailers last week all over the Main street and other roads close to the town centre. ‘Some of the coffee shops are exempt as their tabled areas are part of a garden,’ explained the owner. ‘ But it appears we are not permitted to have them there. Perhaps this is a scheme for Bray Town Council to make some extra money.’
With winter on the way, restaurants and coffee shops will not require outdoor seating for long, but they are concerned that signs announcing their specials of the day will be affected.
‘They are doing nobody any harm. We take them in every evening and they don’t get in anyone’s way.’
The litter warden was seen examining certain premises in the town during the week for items placed outside their shops.
‘Businesses are trying to survive in difficult times,’ remarked Cllr. John Brady. ‘They should be encouraged but instead they have a noose around their necks.’
Bray traders are asked by the council to refrain from cluttering the pavement with chairs, promotional material etc.