Alfresco dining is a permanent feature on some central London streets

Alfresco dining will become a permanent feature LondonOf Covent Garden And St. John’s Wood, Westminster City Council Has announced.

Last year, The Government Issued temporary permits Pubs, Restaurants And Bars To serve customers on the sidewalk after social distance restrictions Peril The number is limited People Places can fit inside.

Westminster Council He said the move has allowed about 900 local businesses, bars and restaurants to rebound from the epidemic.

Now, after a month-long consultation, more than 80 percent of residents and businesses have voted in favor of making outdoor dining a permanent fixture of their local neighborhoods.

Alfresco dining continues indefinitely on St. John’s Wood High Street, Henrietta Street, King Street, Maiden Lane and parts of Southampton Street.

The The news comes The roads will reopen for vehicles in late September, after council previously told residents.

Matthew Green, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning, Said: “We are really happy that residents and businesses have voted in favor of keeping alfresco.

We are committed to supporting our local communities to help them recover from the epidemic. Alfresco is alive and well for businesses in the West End.

The council is exploring the possibility of expanding alfresco dining in other areas such as Soho. As of now, the outdoor meal ends here on 30 September.

On Thursday, property investment firm Soho Estates protested against the council’s decision to stop outdoor dining in the area.

“Alfresco Soho was absolutely necessary to keep this business community alive, and without it, there were many who failed,” said John James, Managing Director of Soho Estates Evening Standard.

“[The scheme] A wonderful legacy has been added to Soho, which is enjoyed by the people and has been a great success. Stopping it would shock me, ”he said.

The latest decision by the Westminster Council on Soho comes after complaints from some residents.

In February, it suffered a setback from locals when it announced the return of outdoor dining in the area after social restrictions were lifted.

Said Tim Lord of the Soho Society Evening Standard There were concerns about “street dirt” and the lack of temporary toilets for women.

“The council says it does not want to make Soho an unstable community, but a lot of its decisions are totally against it,” he said.

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