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Al Fresco Eateries on the Menu at Cabinet

Members of South Tyneside Council's Cabinet will next week be asked to consider a new licensing scheme for al fresco drinking and dining.

The council currently operates two systems; a pavement café scheme and a licence allowing businesses simply to have tables and chairs outside their premises.

The proposed revised scheme will consolidate the two, streamlining the process and cutting down on administration and costs.

Cllr Moira Smith, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: "We actively encourage a café culture in the Borough.

"It helps create a vibrant, lively atmosphere for both residents and visitors.

"Our South Shields 365 masterplan aims to make South Shields the region's premier coastal resort all year round and outdoor eating and drinking is an integral element of that.

"This revised policy will continue to give businesses the opportunity to extend their hospitality beyond their normal premises."

There are currently six premises with a pavement café licence and seven premises with licences to place tables and chairs on the highway.

The new scheme, which would be processed alongside the requirement for planning permission, would allow businesses to operate a pavement café system between 8am and 8pm, and potentially until 9pm during the summer months.

A report will be presented at the next meeting of Cabinet, which takes place at 4pm on Wednesday March 21 at South Shields Town Hall. All are welcome.

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