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‘Good move’ to overturn outdoor seating ban during England games, say Bolton’s town centre bars

TOWN centre pubs and bars have welcomed a council U-turn on a controversial determination to ban the usage of outdoor seating during England Euro clashes.

The Bolton News solely revealed yesterday that the order to droop the pavement licences, which permit individuals to sit outdoors of bars, pubs and cafes had now been reversed.

The transfer to cease individuals sitting outdoors led to an outcry and was described as yet one more blow to the hospitality business by proprietor of the favored The Venue Bar in Churchgate.

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi additionally referred to as on the native authority to reverse the choice to assist the business and cease followers from feeling as they had been being ‘criminalised’.

Now John Wray, proprietor of The Venue has welcomed the council’s change of coronary heart and stated it bode nicely for the longer term, with the council and the hospitality business working collectively.

The bar was planning for the event earlier than the letter arrived and Mr Wray stated it was an enormous knock to the commerce.

He stated: “I’m more than happy with the choice, it implies that England video games may be the occasion they need to be.

“It will make a big difference to the hospitality industry which needs all the help it can get and Sunday is set to be the nicest day of the year so far, so I am pleased the council did take time to talk to us and take another look at it and once they had it did not take them long to make this decision.”

Mr Wray stated by working collectively the council and the hospitality business can discover methods of build up the business past lockdown.

Ms Qureshi stated: “It is a big victory for frequent sense. It made completely no sense to ban outdoor seating areas.

“I wrote to the Bolton Council Chief Executive, Tony Oakman, earlier in the week to express my concerns about the impact on business and how it would make the town less safe so I am pleased they have changed their minds.”

Cllr David Greenhalgh stated: “Earlier this month, a letter was despatched to companies asking them to take away avenue furnishings for 2 hours both facet of England’s video games during Euro 2020.

“While this letter was despatched with the perfect of intentions, myself and colleagues weren’t consulted earlier than the choice was taken.

“As quickly as I used to be made conscious of the letter, I requested the group to instantly evaluation the matter.

“As a council, we all know how exhausting the pandemic has been for the hospitality sector right here in Bolton. This determination is a results of the council talking instantly with venue homeowners and is testomony to the sturdy working partnership we now have with native companies.

“A serious sporting event is a superb alternative to improve footfall and convey individuals again into the town centre and I’m certain each followers and enterprise homeowners will act responsibly and observe the most recent steerage.”

England kick off their group matches on Sunday with a recreation in opposition to Croatia. They then play Scotland on Friday, June 18 and the Czech Republic on Tuesday, June 22.

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