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  • Pavement Cafes Licence Fee

    Status: closed Closing Date: Friday 5 August 2016

    From 1 October 2016 the Licensing of Pavement Cafes (NI) Act 2014 comes into effect and any business who sells food or drink wishing to place tables and chairs on public pavements will need to hold a pavement cafe licence from their local council. Businesses can apply for such a licence from their local Council.

    Well-regulated pavement cafes have a very positive effect on urban and village environments, adding vitality and interest to the street scene as well as maximising the use of public spaces.  They can also add to the facilities offered to all who visit, live and work in the Borough and aid the local economy.  However, it is important that pavement cafes are well designed and managed so that they do not obstruct the footway or create a hazard for pedestrians, especially for blind, partially sighted and other disabled persons. In addition, they should not cause noise disturbance or other nuisance to residents or neighbouring businesses.

    The Licensing of Pavement Cafes (NI) Act 2014 will allow Councils to introduce and administer a licensing regime and this will include establishing operating standards and deciding upon how long a licence should last for and whether or not to charge a fee.Section 12 requires the Council to consult on any fee it intends to charge and make available the details of how the fee was calculated.

    In order to support local retailers and provide a welcome boost to the vibrancy of our towns and villages, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is currently proposing not to charge a fee for businesses to apply for a pavement café licence in the Borough and it is also proposing that initially, the licence will cover a three year period.

    The three year licence as proposed will give a bedding in period for the new licensing regime, at the end of which the issue of licence fees and duration will be reviewed.

    By making it as easy as possible to apply for the licence, the Council hopes that businesses will be able to take advantage of the new public realm schemes that have, or will soon be, complete in the Borough.

    As part of the public consultation, anyone is welcome to give their views on the proposals.

  • Draft Annual Performance Improvement Plan 2016-2017

    Status: closed Closing Date: Friday 27 May 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is seeking views on its Draft Annual Performance Improvement Plan for 2016-2017 which is available to download here.

    Part 12 of the Local Government Act (NI) 2014 puts in place a new framework to support the continuous improvement of Council services. 

    In 2016-2017 Mid and East Antrim Borough Council propose to focus on performance improvement in the following areas:

    • Strategic effectiveness
    • Service Quality and
    • Efficiency

    The Draft Annual Performance Improvement Plan outlines the specific actions and measures for continuous improvement, based on the strategic priorities within the Corporate Plan.

    Please forward any comments you may have in relation to the Plan to our Policy Officer, Sandra McDonald by

    E mail: sandra.mcdonald@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

    Or by post to:

    Annual Performance Plan Consultation
    Policy Unit
    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
    Smiley Buildings
    Victoria Road
    Larne
    BT40 1RU

  • Car Park Consultation

    Status: closed Closing Date: Wednesday 4 May 2016

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is asking the public to share their opinions on the future set up of two of Ballymena’s car parks. Church Street 1 is located to the rear of the former Tesco store and contains 199 spaces. Church Street 2 is beside the Northern Regional College and contains 117 spaces.

    Both car parks are currently operated as Pay On Foot, meaning users pay for parking time when they are ready to leave.

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, which has operated these facilities since April 2015, believes changing them to Pay and Display – whereby users pay on arrival for an estimated period of time – could save £121,446 a year after the initial cost of set up.

    The consultation process will seek the opinions of users of the car park, Ballymena Chamber of Commerce, the Ballymena Improvement District, NSL who currently operate the car parks on behalf of Council and any affected staff.

    The consultation period will run until 4 May 2016 with a final decision expected in July.

  • Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor in Designated Places

    Status: closed Closing Date: Friday 8 April 2016

    A public consultation exercise regarding draft byelaws relating to the Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor in Designated Places closed on 8 April 2016. Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne Borough Councils each had their own byelaws relating to the Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor in Designated Places. These byelaws were more commonly known as ‘Drinking Byelaws’. Under these byelaws any person who consumes intoxicating liquor in a designated place shall be guilty of an offence. Offenders are currently liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of not more than £500.

    Almost a year has passed since the establishment of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. An extensive programme of work has been ongoing in order to review, revise and agree new policies, procedures and byelaws for the new local authority.

    One such piece of work was the review of the ‘Drinking byelaws’. The consumption of alcohol in public places remains a problem throughout many areas in Mid and East Antrim so it was felt that it was important to continue to have measures in place to deter individuals from such practices.

    A new byelaw has been drafted to reflect the changing use of public spaces, i.e. more occasional licenses being granted for one-off events where alcohol may be served and the use of Council parks for events where alcohol may be consumed. The accompanying schedules have also been updated in order to reflect new housing developments and other recent changes in the built environment.

    In late 2015 the public were invited to comment on the draft byelaws. This consultation period was extended and closed at 5pm on Friday 8th April.

  • Dog Control

    Status: closed Closing Date: Monday 4 April 2016

    This consultation has closed. Please go to our dog control orders page for more information. 

    The consultation period ended at 5pm on 4th April 2016.

  • Mid and East Antrim Council Baseline Report

    Status: closed Closing Date: Friday 8 January 2016

    This consultation closed on 8 January 2016.

    Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has responsibility for initiating and facilitating the first Community Plan for the Borough, in partnership with statutory agencies and local community organisations.  Over the last number of months, Council has been working closely with its stakeholders to produce the first draft Baseline Evidence Report to inform the Community Plan.

    If you wish to receive a hard copy of this draft Report, or have any queries, please contact Sandra Michael at sandra.michael@midandeastantrim.gov.uk, telephone no (028) 2563 5036.

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