Street cafe vision for city

Graeme Ellis who is unhappy about the decision to remove the disabled car parking spaces on New Street behind the City Museum.
Graeme Ellis who is unhappy about the decision to remove the disabled car parking spaces on New Street behind the City Museum.

A CAFE culture could be encouraged in Lancaster city centre, with council officers seeking to make it easier for businesses to gain permission for pavement cafe seating.

Lancaster City Council also wants to create more space for the bi-weekly Market Square market, and is exploring the possibility of reducing vehicle access in pedestrian areas.

While the idea of outdoor cafe seating has been broadly welcomed, businesses have raised concerns over the possible impact of reduced vehicle access on deliveries.

And disabled people fear three designated bays behind Lancaster City Museum and four non-designated bays in the square could be lost.

The council has lodged an application which seeks to establish that applications for street cafes in the pedestrian zone would be acceptable in principle, subject to receipt of a street cafe licence. Currently, anyone wanting to run a street cafe needs separate planning and licensing permissions.

Pavement cafe seating could form part of the council’s Square Routes project aimed at improving public spaces, including Market Square.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-04-12) for full story.