South Scotland

Scottish Borders cafe culture decision deferred

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Councillors have deferred a decision on a three-year trial permit system to help to encourage a "cafe culture" on high streets throughout the Borders.

The scheme would allow businesses to temporarily put tables and chairs outside their premises.

A proposal to ban street signs in some areas to improve road safety has also been put on hold.

Scottish Borders Council decided more information was required before it agreed to the plans.

A report to the local authority said it was keen to encourage a more continental atmosphere in its town centres with "good quality tables and chairs".

However, it said a "consistent approach" was needed and suggested introducing the permit system.

More time will now be taken to decide whether or not to introduce the scheme.

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