Call For Council To Support Hospitality Businesses Developing Outdoor Facilities

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Cllr Mikey Sheehy

THERE has been a call for Kerry County Council to support hospitality businesses as they prepare their outdoor seating capacity this summer and for planning exemptions to be made for canopies.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Mikey Sheehy had a motion before the online meeting of Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council on Monday, that the MD make every effort to enable individual tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their own outdoor seating capacity and that they also dedicate a specific person to liaise with businesses in this regard.

Cllr Sheehy said that as we are looking at an “outdoor summer” for locals and tourists again this year, the Council needs to support businesses. He also suggested canopies outside premises be exempt from planning restrictions this summer.

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In reply, Council management said they released details of the Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism and Hospitality Business Scheme in mid- April.

The scheme provides a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses, in town centres, to purchase or upgrade equipment to provide additional outdoor seating.

Any business wishing to place such facilities on the public road/ footpath requires a Street Furniture Licence and an Application must be submitted under Section 254 of the Planning & Development Act 2000.

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