‘This could see the end to cafe culture’

Thursday, 11 May 2017

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SMALL businesses in Limavady have been left "shocked" and "disappointed" at the introduction of a new 'Sunshine Tax' by Council.
As reported by the Northern Constitution, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have approved that cafes will have to fork out for a new tax despite fears that pavement seating charges could put pressure on cash-strapped small businesses.
After the week of glorious weather, it will come as a disappointment to many people that the idea of sitting outside and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee may become a thing of the past in Limavady as the council introduce a tax on business owners who provide outdoor seating.
The new tax will mean any cafes, restaurants and bars with on-street tables and chairs will have to pay £375 for a three year licence.
Roe Valley Chamber of Commerce have voiced concerns the introduction of this tax could spell an end to the cafe culture in the town.
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