Shop­keep­ers re­ceive let­ters of warn­ing about clear­ing streets

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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