Westminster Liberal Democrats call for an outright smoking ban for alfresco-dining

The call by Westminster Liberal Democrats for Westminster City Council to ban smoking for outside dining and drinking as a condition for licensing additional tables has been picked up by the Local Government Association, been discussed in the House of Lords and resulted in the Planning Minister, Christopher Pincher announcing there will be no outright alfresco dining smoking ban but a compromise which sees restaurants providing outdoor non-smoking and smoking sections. 

 

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Westminster smoking ban in outdoor eating & drinking venues.

We support efforts to enable Westminster’s hospitality sector to reopen safely and trade viably as they adapt to meet social distancing requirements. While supporting Westminster City Council’s plan for ‘Reopening Westminster’s hospitality sector’ which will see more pavement space being used by restaurants and bars we asked our Council to make outside dining and drinking spaces no smoking. This request has been ignored. 

With the move to alfresco dining, if you think restaurants should ban smoking outside as they did inside, sign our petition here.

 

 

 

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We’ve today written to Westminster City Council asking for an impact assessment.

We’ve today written to Westminster City Council asking for an impact assessment to be carried out to assess the risks to health and social distancing posed by very large numbers returning to the city as we come out of lockdown.


Covid-19: How to help in Westminster and the City of London

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have ceased all campaigning and are asking our members and supporters to concentrate on non-political efforts to help the community weather this crisis. If you are volunteering, the advice from Westminster City Council is to help out as close to home as possible.

Here is how you can help:

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2020 Executive Committee

Here is our new Executive Committee for 2020, as elected at our AGM on Tuesday 21st January:

 

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Onwards in 2020

Last Thursday night, we hosted a packed Thank You Party for all the dedicated and generous people who helped in our General Election campaign for Cities of London and Westminster, and for our outstanding candidate, Chuka Umunna, who inspired us to climb Everest at this election. And on Tuesday night we held our Annual General Meeting, where we appointed a new Executive Committee and heard from our brilliant candidate for Mayor of London, Siobhan Benita.

 

 

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