Great Queen Street Streateries - footway widening for outdoor dining

Closes 12 Apr 2021

Opened 29 Mar 2021

Results expected 26 Apr 2021

Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how people in Camden live, travel and work. Since the start of the pandemic many of us have been spending more time closer to home, making our neighbourhoods more important than ever. We want our streets to be safe spaces for you to walk and cycle, for children to get to and from school safely and healthily, for businesses to be able to flourish and for you to be breathing cleaner air.

COVID-19 has created new challenges for our local economy and the Council is committed to supporting our local businesses to reopen safely as lock down measures ease. We are working to provide new ways to support and boost our local high streets and town centres whilst keeping them safe and secure for our communities.

Social distancing rules mean that indoor seating, once allowed will continue to be limited. In 2020 the UK Government introduced new legislation to make it easier for businesses to apply for pavement licences for outdoor eating and drinking so that they could continue to trade, but many pavements in the borough are too narrow to allow tables and chairs outside.

During 2020 we set up a Streateries programme to support the hospitality sector so that they could continue to trade, particularly during the summer months. A Streatery is a car free outdoor dining space for restaurants, cafes and other businesses to place tables and chairs and so that pedestrians can pass safely all while maintaining social distancing.

To help the hospitality sector's recovery, we are now reviewing our existing Streateries programme and proposing new locations ready for businesses to use as lockdown eases. It is vital that we consult now to help those businesses across the Borough who need to, have additional space for outdoor dining and take advantage of the Government’s recent extension of the temporary licensing arrangements, so that they can reopen safely as soon as possible after restrictions ease on 12th April, in line with the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.

Why we are consulting

We are proposing to implement new temporary Streateries on Great Queen Street and we want people to have a say to help shape the new designs.

We propose to:

-  remove 20 metres of shared loading bay and residents' 'out of hours' parking, outside nos. 37 - 40 Great Queen Street, and

- remove 17 metres of residents' parking space outside nos.32 - 35 Great Queen Street to create a safe space for table and chairs, and barriers placed at the edge of the new space to replace parking.

- relocate the loading bay to the opposte side of the street, outside the Freemasons' Hall, by removing 10 metres of pay by phone parking, and

- convert 20 metres of paid for parking space outside Freemasons' Hall to shared use residents' and paid for parking.

The public space outside nos. 42-44 Great Queen Street will also be available for local businesses to offer outdoor dining, subject to approval of licenses. 

To view the plans and find out more about what this proposal would achieve, click on the links in the Related Section at the bottom of this page.

In line with new Department for Transport guidance, we are now consulting on all new and amended Safe and Healthy Street schemes so that we can engage our local residents, businesses and stakeholders in changes happening on their streets. We want to know what you think about these additional proposals.

Give us your views

Areas

  • Holborn and Covent Garden

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Transport and streets