Judith Cochrane MLA said: “I am very glad that the Social Development Minister has committed to bringing forward this legislation. It is something that Alliance has previously called for as it will be beneficial to both our culture and our economy. It will not only regulate something that already happens but I believe it will increase the amount of on street café provision in a controlled means.
“In other countries you would often see a lot of on street cafes and restaurants that helped provide an atmosphere in towns and cities. With this legislation, we will be able to create a similar atmosphere here.
“It could go a long way to help attract tourists to here and increase the revenue our food and drink sector makes.
“On street cafes obviously needs regulation, so I welcome the Minister’s proposals for Councils to be the regulatory body. We would lose the potential benefits if our streets became over run with tables and chairs from cafes and restaurants or if disagreements arose between neighbouring businesses.”