Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has announced this extension as part of a series of measures, which include the allowance of pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways and greater flexibility for land use. The extension of the pavement licences for 12 months will make it easier and cheaper for pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve people outside, allowing these businesses to optimise trade as restrictions start to ease, from no earlier than the 12th April, and protect jobs and livelihoods.
Any businesses in Croydon can apply for a pavement licence via the link below. To make an application, you’ll need a Public Liability insurance document, a detailed plan of the area for which you want a licence, 3 clear photos from different perspectives of the area and proof of your landlord’s permission (if you are renting). The application for the licences costs £100.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“We’re all looking forward to seeing pubs, cafes and restaurants open again as we start to gear up for what should be a great British summer.
Therefore I’m delighted to announce an extension on temporary provisions for pavement licences for a further 12 months. This will give further certainty to businesses as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.
As lockdown restrictions ease in the coming months I’m also keen to highlight the range of measures we’ve put in place to help support the safe reopening of hospitality businesses and our high streets.
It’s vital we work together to do everything we can to help these businesses prosper again. That is why I’ve written to councils calling on their support to use these measures in a pragmatic way to help support the high street, businesses and jobs, once restrictions allow them to do so.”
Croydon BID continues to work closely with Croydon Council, as well as lobbying nationally to call on the government for further support to businesses, especially those in the retail, leisure, nighttime and hospitality sectors.