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Coronavirus: a helping hand for businesses

This page contains information for Westminster businesses as the city begins to reopen.

Published on: 7 April 2021

Last updated: 16 September 2021

Temporary al fresco schemes: road closures, barriers and consultations

To support the safe re-opening of hospitality businesses, we introduced a range of measures to enable al fresco service.  

Measures to support hospitality businesses include barriers in parking spaces to extend pavements as well as some timed road closures.

Road closures will be in place until 30 September 2021 at the following times: 

  • Monday to Friday - 5pm to 11pm 
  • Saturday - midday to 11pm 
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays - midday to 10.30pm 

The details of which roads are closed and where parking is suspended can be viewed below.

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Consultation on permanent al fresco schemes

All barriers currently in place will be removed after 30th September.

There is the option for some schemes to continue past this date but only if local people agree on schemes in their area - and that's why we are currently consulting with our residents and businesses, so their voice is clearly heard. New schemes will only be brought forward where changes are supported by residents and businesses.

The timing of each scheme will depend on the scale of what is being proposed and what needs to be put in place before it can start.

Consultations now open: have your say

Eccleston Street

Enhancement scheme to widen pavements, provide greening, retain parking and improve the street.

Have your say on Eccleston Street

Consultation will run until 26 September.

Elizabeth Street

Enhancement scheme to widen pavements, provide greening, retain parking and improve the street.

Have your say on Elizabeth Street

Consultation will run until 26 September.

North Audley Street

Extending outdoor dining areas on North Audley Street.

Have your say on North Audley Street

Consultation will run until 26 September.

Pimlico

Enhancement scheme to widen pavements, provide greening, retain parking and improve the street.

Have your say on Pimlico

Consultation will run until 26 September.

Consultations now closed: view results

Covent Garden

Two consultations have taken place to understand views on proposals for Covent Garden.

The first was to find out if you would like al fresco dining to continue on Henrietta Street, King Street, Maiden Lane and parts of Southampton Street.

The results show that:

  • 81% support the continuation of al fresco dining on Henrietta Street, King Street, Maiden Lane and parts of Southampton Street.
  • 78% of residents who responded told us they supported continued alfresco

These proposals are contingent on a second consultation, the Neighbourhood Traffic Management Scheme (NTM), which proposed timed closures in the coming 18 months for this area. This consultation has now closed and the results show there is local support for the proposed scheme. The full results will be published in October.

You can view a breakdown of results of the alfresco consultation below:

We asked: Do you support the continuing presence of alfresco hospitality on King Street, Henrietta Street, Maiden Lane, and Southampton Street?

 

%

Number

Yes

81.10%

206

A local business

16.54%

42

A local resident

42.13%

107

Other

22.44%

57

No

18.90%

48

A local business

3.94%

10

A local resident

12.20%

31

Other

2.76%

7

Grand Total

100.00%

254

With local support now secured, proposals to move forward with this scheme, will be dependent on the results of the NTM scheme. The results of the NTM scheme will be formally announced later this year, in coordination with Camden Council.

Hospitality businesses can still re-apply for a new pavement licence valid from 1st October, from today but the implementation of the NTM scheme is subject to formal decision by both Westminster and Camden councils. 

 

St John’s Wood High Street

The consultation has now closed. Two questions were asked Enhancement scheme to widen pavements, provide greening, retain parking and improve the High Street.

The results show that:

  • 84% support the continuation of al fresco dining on St John’s Wood Hight Street
  • 79% of YES responses were from local residents

You can view a breakdown of results below:
 

We asked: Do you agree that the current alfresco dining scheme, including the current one-way system, should stay on the High Street until the new scheme is ready to be implemented?

 

%

Number

Yes

84.28%

799

A local business

1.27%

12

A local resident

79.64%

755

Other

3.38%

32

No

15.72%

149

A local business

1.16%

11

A local resident

12.76%

121

Other

1.79%

17

Grand Total

100.00%

948


We also asked: Do you agree that this permanent enhancement scheme should be developed? NB. there will be a detailed formal consultation on these proposals in the future.
 

 

%

Number

Yes

86.50%

820

A local business

1.58%

15

A local resident

81.54%

773

Other

3.38%

32

No

13.50%

128

A local business

0.84%

8

A local resident

10.86%

103

Other

1.79%

17

Grand Total

100.00%

948

With local support now secured, measures supporting al fresco dining schemes and timings for road closures on St John’s Wood High Street will remain in place beyond 30th September. 

Following support to develop a more permanent scheme for the area, we will develop proposals in the coming months, which will be subject to a full formal consultation with the local community.

If you are hospitality business on St Johns’ Wood High Street providing al fresco dining, please note that all current pavement licences issued earlier this year will expire on 30th September.

If you would like to continue to provide al fresco dining, you must submit a new application which will be valid for six months from 1st October 2021. This is in line with our existing table and chairs licences. 

Applications will take up to 14 days to process and will cost £100 per application. If you would like your licence to be valid by 1st October, please ensure you apply for a new pavement licence by Friday 17th September.
 

Apply for a pavement licence 

Other schemes – in design phase

Soho

We are currently working with Soho’s communities to design a vision for Soho, which will take into account movement and transport, resident amenity, business needs, the environment, and accessibility to design a holistic plan for the area. We are engaging with residents, businesses, and visitors throughout the design phase, including holding community workshops, pop up events and online surveys. Find out more on the Vision for Soho website.

Design phase: July to October 2021

Consultation: November to December 2021

Contact: [email protected]