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Al-fresco arrangements to be made permanent following successful trial

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Wednesday 06 October 2021

Following a successful trial throughout the summer months, changes will be made to enable al-fresco dining along The Quay on a permanent basis.

Having listened to businesses and assessed the impacts of the proposal during the trial, the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure are keen to see al-fresco dining in this area become a permanent fixture, in order to both improve the public realm and support local businesses.

This proposal will follow the same layout as the trial, enabling the pavement on the western side of The Quay between Crown Pier steps and Mora restaurant to be used for al-fresco dining, with a new walkway provided along parts of the neighbouring unloading bay. The planters will be retained along the edge of the northbound carriageway in order to act as a safety barrier to those using the new walkway, as well as the small tarmac fillets between the pavement and new walkway to ensure ease of access between the two areas.

These changes have been done in consultation with the businesses in the area and surveys have also been undertaken to assess the potential impact on existing users of the unloading bays in the area. The evidence indicates that there are adequate facilities in the area for those businesses needing to use unloading facilities for legitimate purposes.

A Gazette Notice highlighting the proposed removal of the overnight parking arrangements (and day-time unloading provision) along parts of The Quay has been published in today's Press.

Any person wishing to comment on the Gazette Notice should do so in writing to Traffic & Highway Services, P O Box 145, Bulwer Avenue, St Sampson, GY2 4LR, or by email to traffic@gov.gg to arrive no later than Tuesday 12 October 2021.

As a joint statement, the owners of Café Delizia, Pingquay, Balthazar and Mora said:

"The alfresco has been warmly received by locals and visitors alike, people have enjoyed the fantastic harbour and marina views during the day and evenings.

"The opportunity to make this a permanent feature is hugely appreciated by all the businesses involved. With the trial being made permanent, we are able to invest and make the area suitable for use all year round.

"Locals and visitors can continue to enjoy the best of St Peter Port all year round."

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez, President of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure, said:

"The response to this trial during the summer has been overwhelmingly positive and is a perfect example of government and businesses working together to enhance our seafront areas.

"The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure were encouraged to see the enthusiasm of the businesses involved in the scheme to make the trial a permanent fixture and look forward to these areas being invested in to enable year round al-fresco dining."

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