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Alfresco dining in town but you will pay to park

Newbury looks set for a summer of alfresco dining in the Market Place if Covid keeps at bay.

During a forum with local businesses, West Berkshire Council revealed steps that could see more outdoor dining introduced.

As well as the banning of vehicles through the Market Place, which some businesses have called out as a catalyst for a reduction in their income since it was introduced, this effort by the Council also includes speeding through permissions from businesses who are looking to place tables and chairs outside of their venues.

Head of Transport and Countryside. Jon Winstanley, also spoke about the current parking situation in which he explained that a number of parking spaces will be suspending to aid social distancing where there is high footfall and safety is compromised.

He went to add this about the re-introduction of parking charges in Newbury Town Centre.

“Parking supports a number of key services that are a critical source of income to the Council. It supports adult social care services; our waste collections and we really need to balance that income against the delivery of those services. A decision was taken to suspend it completely for quite a while to support key workers, and then the decision was taken to re-introduce it. There is no proposal at this time to suspend parking charges further.”

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