Legal experts urge councils to adopt new ‘British Summertime Licence’

The flexible scheme means restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to trade more easily on pavements, in suspended parking bays and on pedestrianised streets. Licences could also be approved for up to five years

More councils should follow the lead of Kensington and Chelsea by introducing policies that encourage outdoor eating and dining culture, legal experts say.

The West London borough is the first in the UK to commit to encouraging al fresco dining as an ongoing feature of its high streets.

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