Cafe culture for town pub?

Pavement cafe licence bid - the Beer and Bean, Southgate, Sleaford. EMN-150210-165033001
Pavement cafe licence bid - the Beer and Bean, Southgate, Sleaford. EMN-150210-165033001

A bid for a licence by a Sleaford bar to have outdoor cafe style tables and chairs in the street has come in for criticism from Sleaford Town Councillors.

The landlords of The Beer and Bean on Southgate have applied to the county highways authority to position a dozen tables in front of the pub, but town councillor Jan Brealeycook commented at last Wednesday’s applications committee: “It takes up quite a big chunk of that area. How are they going to police it?

“They cannot guarantee people won’t be drinking beer there and it is right next to where the buses collect the school children.”

Coun Mark Allan said he would be happier with less tables to leave more space.

The council resolved not to support the scheme unless it was reduced in scale and there were reassurances about how it will operate.

Vinny Robertson has been landlord with partner Laura Kearney for eight months and, after the meeting told The Standard,he believed there would be room but was willing to compromise on the amount of tables. He added: “If someone is drinking heavily we will keep an eye on them as that’s not what we are going for.

“It would generally be for morning and afternoon tea and coffee and croissants.

“We have made it a bit more daytime friendly so don’t want our furniture damaged and will sweep up afterwards.”