The Council’s first prosecution under the Pavement Cafes (NI) Act 2014

Mr Terence O’Neill, of the Queens Arms, Bridge Street, pleaded guilty. Colerainefor operating a sidewalk cafe without a sidewalk cafe license issued by the council.

A Pavement Café license allows a person running a food and drink business to temporarily place furniture in a public area.

The court, sitting at Ballymena Courthouse, heard that despite being repeatedly advised of the license requirements, Mr O’Neill failed to submit a valid application to the council and continued to place temporary furniture outside his premises. commercial premises without the necessary license.

A fine of £200 was imposed and Mr O’Neill was also ordered to pay costs of £194 along with a £15 offender surcharge.

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council recognizes that pavement cafes are a welcome sight in town and village centres. They are a vital commercial opportunity for local businesses, enhance the overall wellbeing of communities and attract tourists, contributing to a great visitor experience.

Regulation of sidewalk cafes allows for their benefits to be realized while ensuring good management and safety, as well as sensitivity to the surroundings and the needs of pedestrians and other street users.

Sidewalk cafes must operate in accordance with the license requirements and any deviations from these will not be tolerated. The Council’s first prosecution under the Pavement Cafes (NI) Act 2014

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