Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has welcomed the decision by Causeway Coast and Glens Council to waive the fees for pavement cafes for a 6 month period.
Cllr Cara McShane had called last week on the Council to waive street trading fees for bars and restaurants who are able to extend onto the public pavement.
Cllr Cara McShane, Vice-Chair of Leisure and Development Committee, said:
“The vote to waive fees was passed this evening through an electronic vote by Councillors. This is welcome news for many pubs and restaurants who will struggle to meet the social distancing requirements, as restrictions ease from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have asked Council to work with the trade to help maximise opportunities, where it is safe to do so and within the guidance issued by the Executive.
“We need to assist in every way possible to encourage and revive the economies of villages and towns throughout our Council area.
“I am delighted that Council has taken this decision tonight on waiving of charges. It will help alleviate some of the additional burdens faced by the hospitality industry at this time.”