Expansion of ‘cafe culture’ expected in Glasgow

AN expansion of Glasgow’s ‘cafe culture’ is expected, following a decision to approve new guidelines concerning streetside seating.

The city’s elected members yesterday approved the new guidelines, which seek to streamline the applications process, while recognising the potential disturbance caused to residents.

There has already been relaxation of the city’s outside seating guidelines, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Says the council, in an announcement, here, a review “found that businesses perceived the application process to be too complicated and lengthy, opening hours not long enough, and confusion over obligations and requirements for operators”.

It continues: “Residents had issues in some cases with cleanliness, over-runs on opening hours, equipment being stored externally, and blocking of public footways. The new policy looks to address the concerns of businesses and residents.”

The new guidelines are expected to go live in March.

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