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Glasgow fosters street café culture with city centre trial

March 10 2020

 Glasgow fosters street café culture with city centre trial

Glasgow City Council has outlined a new temporary street café policy designed to draw more people to the city centre.

The draft policy would capitalise on the existing leisure and retail offer of the area by reducing red tape associated with the use of outdoor areas as temporary street cafes.

A two-year trial is proposed in which the application process will be streamlined together with replacement of a flat rate fee structure with a cost per square metre.

In addition the council will also clarify its operating standards and update the enforcement process associated with cleanliness, trading hours and the occupation of public spaces.

Councillor Greg Hepburn, commented: “Our new street café policy is a huge positive for Glasgow City Centre, matching the city's ambitions as a major European city and making the area more attractive for Glaswegians, visitors and investors. 

“The policy will also bring benefits to our retail outlets, leisure facilities and cultural scene, bringing even more life to our major streets and avenues."

The draft policy will go before the City Administration Commission later this month.


Dick Dastardly
#1 Posted by Dick Dastardly on 13 Mar 2020 at 10:50 AM
Long overdue, but they should also be building rain canopies which would make these areas more usable in the normal Glasgow weather. Then people might use the streets, to everyone's benefit.
#2 Posted by Muttley on 13 Mar 2020 at 18:19 PM
'normal Glasgow weather' . Hmm with blustery winds included in that, you'd need a base to those canopies that would rival a wind turbines... Hee hee hee
Yankee Doodle Pigeon
#3 Posted by Yankee Doodle Pigeon on 23 Jun 2020 at 15:05 PM
The Council allowed the cafe at 291 Byres Road to have outside seating without planning permission.

"A Freedom of Information response showed that Sandra White MSP in an email to Forbes Barron, Head of Planning and Building Control at Glasgow City Council dated 13th March 2013 regarding planning permission states: - "It would appear that DRS takes an inconsistent approach depending on who runs the shop."

How true !!!

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