Shopkeepers in Shrewsbury are being encouraged to join in on the town’s ‘open-air summer’, with roads free of traffic at weekends.
Shrewsbury’s café culture flourished last year as people took advantage of a more pedestrian-friendly town centre, and businesses have the chance to repeat the experience, with the program continuing on weekends. ends throughout the summer.
Wyle Cop (uphill), High Street, Milk Street, The Square and Shoplatch are all closed to traffic from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, meaning bars, cafes and restaurants can make use of the extra space serving customers outside.
Businesses need a curbside license to trade off their premises, and Stephanie Mansell-Jones, business liaison officer at Shrewsbury BID, advised business owners to apply as soon as possible.
She said: “Shropshire Council is making the application process as easy as possible, but it is important to submit your application on time to ensure you have the necessary clearances.
‘Everything can be completed on the Shropshire Council website, but if anyone has any questions please contact the Shrewsbury BID team and we can talk to you about any issues.’
Melody Facchin, of Ginger and Co cafe in The Square, said removing through traffic from The Square, which passes in front of the store, had made a huge difference.
He said: ‘Being a small cafe with limited covers and always busy, outdoor seating simply put has helped us serve more customers in the summer months without disappointing some as we are at full capacity.
“It’s a great dynamic to have outdoor seating options in town, both from a customer and business perspective.
“There’s nothing better than having a full cafe and looking outside to see customers enjoying their coffee in the sunshine at The Square as an extension of our business.”
Carol Grant, owner of Carol Grant fashion boutique in The Square, added: “The reduced traffic at the weekend makes the atmosphere much more relaxed, which encourages people to slow down and spend more time in the city center.
“We’ve noticed people are browsing longer and customers have told us they like the weekend city vibe. We look forward to another great summer in our wonderful city.