Thursday, 03 December 2020

Coffee house told it can’t have tables and chairs on pavement

A COFFEE shop has been banned from having outdoor seating for customers.

A COFFEE shop has been banned from having outdoor seating for customers.

Costa in Duke Street, Henley, applied for permisson to have tables and chairs on the pavement after being told off for placing them there without consent.

Now South Oxfordshire District Council has turned down the application, saying the pavement would be reduced to an “unacceptable” width and customers would be exposed to pollution from the traffic.

Duke Street was designated an air quality management area in February 2007 following monitoring which identified levels of nitrogen dioxide in excess of the Government’s air quality objective.

Environmental health officer Claire Spendley said: “I have some concerns that this development would result in increased public exposure in an area of poor air quality unnecessarily.”

Former mayor Ken Arlett, of Elizabeth Road, Henley, wrote a letter of objection to the district council.

He said: “The pavements were widened in Duke Street for the use of pedestrians, not for tables, chairs and banners to obstruct their movement. Only yesterday I had to walk into the road to let a lady with a rather wide pushchair walk by.

“I would also suggest you seek advice from your environmental health department as they are well aware that Duke Street has the largest amount of obnoxious fumes.”

Henley Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council both opposed the application.

Adrian Duffield, head of planning at the district council, said the proposal “would result in conditions prejudicial to pedestrian safety” and “increased public exposure in an area of poor air quality”.

Costa opened in September in the former Royal China restaurant, which had been empty for almost five years, becoming the town’s ninth coffee shop.

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