New street food plan to improve Accrington town centre

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Street food stalls and outdoor cafés could be used to try and attract more people into Accrington town centre.

Hyndburn Borough Council is looking to capitalise on improved performance in some high streets driven by street food and markets.

The policy has been drawn up after cabinet members voted in 2018 to introduce a new framework that will encourage outdoor food and drink establishments in Accrington town centre.

The three main areas considered to be potential venues for pavement cafes/restaurants are the town square, Blackburn Road and Broadway.

Senior councillors in Hyndburn will now vote on whether to adopt a policy seeking to control the licensing of pavement cafes.

Under the proposed new policy, expected to be approved when the council’s cabinet meets next week, anyone wishing to obtain a street café licence would have to pay £125 to apply for one.

Bosses say it would help make sure cafes with outdoor seating enhance the area and don’t cause a hazard to pedestrians.

Borough licensing manager, Wendy Redfern, said: “Alfresco eating is becoming a more widespread aspect of urban life and the presence of tables and chairs on the pavement can make a positive contribution by adding vitality, colour, life and interest to an area.

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