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Cork City Council and Local Enterprise Office set up Weatherproofing Fund for Alfresco Dining

Cork City Council and its Local Enterprise Office have set up a fund to support businesses who availed of outdoor seating licences as the winter approaches.

With the support of the National Transport Authority (NTA), an Outdoor Seating Area Weatherproofing Fund will help traders with the investment required to ensure they can offer an alfresco dining experience through the autumn and winter.

Any restaurant, cafe, bar or premises in receipt of a current or pending outdoor seating license from Cork City Council can apply.

This summer, as part of its ‘Re-Imagining Cork’ programme, hotel, restaurants, bars, wine bars, cafes and take-away restaurants availed of a street furniture licence waiver from Cork City Council and streets were closed to motorists so that businesses, hard pressed for space, could expand out on to 1.3 kilometres of temporarily pedestrianised streets, creating a more pleasant, safer and greener city.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh said: “The city’s alfresco dining has been a huge success this summer. With the onset of autumn/winter, Cork City Council is fully aware of the need to ensure residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the city centre experience safely and to support local businesses”.

The “Re-imagining Cork City” programme is aimed at ensuring residents and visitors to the city can enjoy the city safely and at supporting traders in these challenging times. It also represents an acceleration of the City Council’s vision for a city of sustainable urban growth.

Please complete and submit the Outdoor Seating Weatherproofing Grant form by 4 pm on 28th September 2020 via the online portal. Applications will not be accepted by post or email.

Successful applicants for the fund must commit to completing the project and submitting the relevant paperwork (eg receipts) by 14th November.

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