Independent Councillor William McCandless has said that he is hopeful Causeway Coast & Glens Council will follow the example of other councils in Northern Ireland by introducing a temporary application process for Pavement Café Licences and waive application fees.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community Councillor McCandless said “Whilst the changing face of the High Street remains a topic for discussion it is an indisputable fact that coffee shops have noticeably increased their presence throughout Europe in the past five years.
“There are many aspects in the mix of enjoyment:- quality coffee, catching up with a friend, in a world of virtual interactions and screens we seek out normality and have a chat or it could be just simply ‘refueling’.
“As I walked down Coleraine High St. this morning I notice the cafes preparing to open but as our retailers come out of lockdown and our coffee shops prepare to open they will undoubtedly need assistance.
“I have contacted our Council officials to defer indefinitely the Pavement Cafe Licensing Procedure to offer some small measure of support to the restaurants and coffee shops.
“Assistance will be required at all levels local, central, and national to breathe life into our High Streets as retailers emerge from lockdown.”
Councillor McCandless added, “I have contacted Causeway Coast & Glens Council Chief Executive David Jackson asking him to bring proposals for the introduction of similar temporary Pavement Licensing Application process and the waiving of all associated fees.”