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Pavement Cafés

"Café Culture" is a growing trend in our towns and cities. There is a demand for eating and drinking outdoors, and many pubs, restaurants and cafés providing for this demand by using the footway to operate pavement cafés. However, if pavement cafés are not carefully controlled they can lead to pedestrians being endangered and people with impaired vision, mobility difficulties or prams being disadvantaged.

Pavement Café Guidance explains the requirements and standards expected of pavement Café operators in Nottingham and guide those wishing to operate a pavement Café through how to apply for Highways Amenities Licences

Apply for a Pavement Licence under the Business and Planning Act 2020

The Traffic Management Team manage the operation of the pedestrianised streets as listed below in the City

  1. Nottingham City Centre "Clear Zone" where vehicles are prohibited between 10 am and 4:30 pm
  2. The Bulwell Town Centre, where vehicles are prohibited between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday to Saturday
  3. Forman Street, where vehicles are only allowed in between 6 am and 10 am

Traffic orders (Traffic Regulation Orders or TROs) are written legal documents developed by the Highway Authority.

They allow the Police (or district parking attendants) to enforce various regulations including speed limits, and other restrictions.
Advertisement for TROs is a requirement and must include at least one notice in the local press and notices on any roads that are affected by the order, as well as this the proposal, must be able to be viewed at a nominated council office for at least 21 days from the start of the notice proposal.

The number of A-Boards in the city has grown over the past few years, which is causing problems for pedestrians, especially those with disabilities. The council and local businesses are collaborating to allow A-Boards on the highway to advertise businesses, but they must follow specific guidelines to comply with relevant laws and ensure the safety and convenience of everyone, especially those who are visually impaired or use wheelchairs.

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Network Management
Loxley House
Station Street

Tel: 01158765238

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