Patios here to stay in Strathroy-Caradoc

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STRATHROY-CARADOC - While loosening of pandemic restrictions is a welcome sign of a return to normal for many, there are some temporary things that were a bit more fun that are ending after the provincial response to help businesses during this time.

One of those for people who like getting a drink or bite in the outdoors during the summer was the provincial order that allowed municipalities to pass a temporary patio bylaw without the need for notice or appeal. It made it easier for restaurants to stay open when capacity limits and air ventilation concerns walloped eatery traffic.

That order has expired, so Strathroy-Caradoc has to make its own temporary patio rule the old-fashioned way. It started with a public meeting June 6 with council.

Strathroy-Caradoc’s version allows the patios anywhere permanent patios would be allowed, potentially including arenas and recreation areas.

Senior planner Tim Williams told council it was very successful the past two years.

“From April 1 to Oct. 31, one could have a patio on their property if they are having one of these different uses,” explained Williams.

He added they could use up to 15 percent of parking for patio space.

Nobody from the public chose to speak at the meeting on temporary patios. Councilors did take the chance to commend the idea, within the limitations that include following the noise bylaw.

“So the message to the public, don’t wreck it for the rest of us and behave?” laughed Coun. Steve Pelkman.

The bylaw passed unanimously.

Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden was absent, having just wrapped up her last meeting as the president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Regina.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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