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Café Culture Coming to Antrim and Newtownabbey!

02 September 2016

To support local retailers and provide a welcome boost to the vibrancy of our towns and villages, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is encouraging a café culture through Pavement Cafes. New legislation coming into effect in October in Northern Ireland will allow food businesses to apply for a licence if they want to place tables and chairs outside their premises.  Council is keen to encourage local businesses to apply where appropriate for a licence, so has decided to waive the application fee.

It has also been proposed that the licence, once obtained, will be valid for a three year period. The Licensing of Pavement Cafés (NI) Act 2014 will also help to regulate the design and management of the pavement cafés, ensuring that they do not obstruct or create a hazard for pedestrians.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented, ‘Not charging for the licence will hopefully encourage local businesses to apply.  Pavement cafes are a great way to maximise the use of the public spaces within our Borough, as well as adding to the culture and vitality of our towns. They will hopefully attract more visitors to Antrim and Newtownabbey, helping our local economy.’

The Council wants the public to give their views on the Licensing of Pavement Cafés (NI) Act 2014 coming in to effect on 1 October 2016. Please write to Environmental Health, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey BT36 5QA or E: [email protected] no later than 30 September 2016. For more information visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Consultations