SWANSEA Council ruling cabinet has agreed to continue to provide licences for outdoor dining areas free of charge until the end of March next year.
The move – which follows the suspension of fees for Pavement Café Licences since summer 2020 – aims to help businesses as they operate within pandemic restrictions. It will continue to bring added life and vibrancy to the city’s streets and other areas.
The move – saving business around £50,000 a year – will be part of the council’s wider multi-million pound recovery fund to help businesses and communities recover from the pandemic.
All businesses wishing to create an outdoor seating area on the highway – and those who wish to continue using their existing seating areas – must apply for a licence via www.swansea.gov.uk/pavementcafe.
Council joint deputy leader and cabinet member David Hopkins said:
“By removing some costs for the whole of 2022 and into next year we can save businesses many thousands of pounds.”
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