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Business must apply for ‘pavement licences’

 
Created on 19/10/2020 @ 10:07
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Many of Welshpool’s town centre businesses have spilled out onto the areas outside their premises over the past few months to offer more space to shoppers and diners.

But Powys County Council is reminding them that they must apply for a license first, or risk prosecution.

“To make sure our town centres remain both resilient and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been necessary to find practical solutions to allow businesses to trade whilst ensuring social distancing measures can be maintained,” explained Cllr Heulwen Hulme, cabinet member for Highways.

“By introducing wider pavements, or reclaiming parts of the highway or other public areas, we are managing to create areas that businesses can utilise for their customers and which also gives pedestrians and shoppers the space they need to stay safe and visit the town centres with confidence.

“However, it is important that businesses using this extra space remember to apply for a ‘pavement licence’ to do so legally. Our town centre liaison officers would be happy to help them, where necessary.”

The council said that each application will be assessed and consulted on its own merits. Businesses must demonstrate that they can operate within social distancing regulations and highway rules to ensure the safety of customers and other members of the public.

For more details or to apply for a pavement licence, please visit: en.powys.gov.uk/pavementlicence 


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