Swansea Council is to serve up another boost to the city’s cafes, pubs and restaurants as the pandemic continues.

Its ruling cabinet earlier this week agreed to continue to provide licences for outdoor dining areas free of charge until the end of March next year.

The move – which follows the suspension of fees for Pavement Café Licences since summer 2020 – aims to help businesses as they operate within pandemic restrictions. It will continue to bring added life and vibrancy to the city’s streets and other areas.

The move – saving business around £50,000 a year – will be part of the council’s wider multi-million pound recovery fund to help businesses and communities recover from the pandemic.

Council joint deputy leader and cabinet member David Hopkins said: “By removing some costs for the whole of 2022 and into next year we can save businesses many thousands of pounds.”

All businesses wishing to create an outdoor seating area on the highway – and those who wish to continue use their existing seating areas – must apply for a licence via www.swansea.gov.uk/pavementcafe.