There's a current consultation on renewing this cafe's permission to put chairs and tables on the highway. Look at A board locations. pic.twitter.com/8TOq6wEQIx
— Richard Taylor (@RTaylorUK) July 15, 2017
I have just made the following consultation response to Cambridgeshire County Council. As there doesn’t appear to be an online system for these consultations which publishes public responses I thought I’d publish my contribution here:
I am writing to comment on application PL0044 for the renewal of the arrangement allowing the placing of chairs and tables on the highway on Peas Hill outside Cambridge Guildhall.
I have not been able to find details of the proposal on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. I would like to see full details of these applications online. I would have liked to see the the detailed proposal, including any existing and proposed conditions and fees, hours of operation, any lighting and heating arrangements, etc.
I think the existing arrangement where the chairs and tables are separated from the other areas of the pavement with the posts and banners works well and continuing that kind of arrangement should be a condition of any renewed permission.
I note currently there are many advertising “A” boards around the tables and chairs, including some part in, and part out, of the area containing the tables and chairs. Photographs of the current arrangement can be seen at:
I suggest making compliance with the new Cambridge City Council policy on A boards a condition of any approval. If that’s not possible then at least informing the applicants of the City Council policy (and the arrangement the County Council has come to with the City Council in relation to that policy) would be useful.
Currently I think there are an excessive number of obstructive A-boards associated with the tables and chairs in this location.
This is merely a comment, not an objection.