More outside dining and takeaway pints to continue with ‘levelling up’ agenda

From our Local Enterprise Partnership we’ve had the “Golden Opportunities”, from the Great South West the “Green Jobs Boom”, Simon Jupp thinks “Banging the Drum for Hospitality” is the most important thing to do. Now Boris’ new catchphrase is regenerating the “Great British High Street”. When we will see some actual investment?-Owl

Fionnula Hainey 

More outdoor dining and the continuation of takeaway pints are at the heart of new government plans to ‘level up’ the country, Downing Street has said.

A new strategy to boost local communities will focus on the regeneration of the great British high street, according to the government.

The plans are set to be outlined by prime minister Boris Johnson in a speech next week.

During his 2019 general election campaign, Mr Johnson insisted he would strive to fix regional inequalities in the UK.

Downing Street describing ‘levelling up’ as the “central purpose of his premiership”.

Restaurants, pubs and bars will have more opportunities to serve customers outdoors with the extension of pavement licences, which will then be made permanent, the government said.

Takeaway pints will continue for another 12 months as the temporary permissions for off-sales of alcohol are extended, in what is hoped to be a boost to the hospitality industry.

A government spokesperson said: “The prime minister is determined to level up the UK and deliver a fairer, stronger society – one where whatever your background and wherever you live, everyone can access the opportunities they need to succeed.

”While talent and potential is distributed evenly across this country, opportunity is not.

“That’s why as we emerge from the pandemic, it’s vital that we do not make the mistakes of recovery from the financial crash and seize this moment to ensure a better quality of life for people in every part of the UK.”

No 10 said the prime minister’s upcoming speech will cover creating a more balanced economy with high-quality jobs in every part of the UK, levelling up between generations, increasing access to opportunity no matter where people live, investing in infrastructure and skills, strengthening community and local leadership and restoring pride in place.

Plans also include supporting local sports teams by building new grassroots sports facilities – the equivalent to 50 new artificial pitches, the government said.