Camden draws up street cafe guidelines
Tuesday 20 September 1994
Camden council, determined that Gallic customs adhere strictly to the realities of life in an English metropolis, has drafted a series of strict rules to govern dining al fresco.
Customers must be visible from inside the premises and have a clearly defined space - preferably with attractive
flower displays. Cafes must leave at least 1.8m of walking space, 2.3m on bus routes, and must not block drivers' vision or access for the emergency services. Council officials will ensure residents are not disturbed and all applications will be renewed annually.
The draft proposals are designed to replace the need for planning permission - which does not impose such strict conditions - with a licence system. Cafe owners would have to prove that they can conform to the regulations when
licences are renewed once a year. The council says the rules - to be considered at the borough's next environment committee meeting - are necessary to prevent unscrupulous traders blocking the pavement.
A spokesman said: 'Owners must be sensible about this. I have come across cafes in the borough which block the pavement.'
He admitted, however, that Parisien cafe society does not have such worries. 'I think they are used to it in France, or even in Soho, but not in Hampstead or Belsize Park.'
Life & Style blogs
Video shows how to turn your phone into a 3D hologram
The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
Porn block in India: hundreds of sexual websites banned, internet outraged
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
- 1 Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
- 2 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 3 A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
- 4 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Vehicle Accessory Fitter required. Bristol
£14000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is very proud of t...
£75000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Head of Sales position is offered on...
£20,781 to £24,057 per annum: East15 Acting School: The post involves general ...