Coun­cil waives pave­ment li­cence fees to help re­cov­ery

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PUBS, cafes and restau­rants in West Lan­cashire want­ing to se­cure a “pave­ment li­cence” for ta­bles and chairs out­side their premises will not have to pay a fee – un­like busi­nesses in other parts of the coun­try.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil (WLBC) agreed to waive ad­min­is­tra­tion costs for any ap­pli­ca­tions as part of ef­forts to help busi­ness and the lo­cal econ­omy bounce back af­ter the lock­down.

The tem­po­rary li­cences, which will be valid for a year and no longer than un­til Septem­ber 30 2021, will al­low bars, restau­rants, cafes and pubs to seat and serve cus­tomers out­side to im­prove so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

The new scheme is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s Busi­ness and Plan­ning Act 2020 and is de­signed to speed up the ap­pli­ca­tion process and make it eas­ier.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are al­lowed to charge up to £100 per ap­pli­ca­tion to help cover ad­min­is­tra­tion costs but WLBC has de­cided to waive any fee and is now tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions on­line.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “As part of our fo­cus to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and the econ­omy re­cover from the im­pact of Covid we have taken the de­ci­sion not to charge for the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“If you are a busi­ness owner please get in touch at pave­ment­cafe­li­cence@ west­ to dis­cuss your pro­pos­als be­fore sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion so we can work with you to en­sure that space for pedes­tri­ans and so­cial dis­tanc­ing is main­tained.”

Bars and cafes will not have to pay a fee for a pave­ment li­cence

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