Providing pavement and alfresco dining will become easier for local businesses thanks to a new initiative launched by Fylde Council.  Supporting local traders in these challenging times, Fylde Council has invited businesses to apply for newly introduced fast track, Government approved, pavement licences.

A pavement licence is a licence which allows a business to place removable furniture (for example, tables and chairs, heaters) on certain highways (for example, pavements) adjacent to their premises for use by the business to sell and serve food or drink, and for their customers to consume it.

An application for a licence must be made electronically and includes a fee set by the council of £100.

This streamlined process provides for a seven-day consultation period after an application has been made. During the consultation period, the business must display a notice outside the premises, and the council must publish the application and invite representations on it. The council must make a decision on the application within seven days after the end of the consultation period.

Before deciding whether to grant an application, the council will take into account any representations received during the consultation period. It must also consult the highway authority and such other persons it considers appropriate. The council must refuse the application if granting it would prevent access to the highway for highway users, as described in the act.

Councillor Shirley Green, Chairman of Public Protection & Licensing Committees said: ‘I am delighted that in my first role as Chairman of the committee, the Council is putting systems in place to support this initiative of a fast track process for businesses to apply for pavement licences during these extremely difficult times, and at a reduced cost.

This is yet another measure from the Government that enables Fylde Borough Council to assist our local businesses and I look forward seeing many of our eating and drinking establishments taking advantage of it.’