Catering hatch judged to impede highway

An enforcement notice requiring removal of a food hatch opening onto a pavement in an Isles of Scilly conservation area has been upheld after an inspector decided that it undermined highway safety.

The inspector accepted that the opening in a bow window did not adversely affect the conservation area's character. However, he was concerned that it would encourage customers to congregate outside the premises waiting to be served. He saw a risk that they would spill onto the highway and obstruct traffic, placing other pedestrians in danger from moving vehicles.

DCS Number 100-050-427

Inspector Roger Priestley; Written representations.

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