Appeal by Limerick pub over tables is blocked

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

The former Aubar's pub - now being redeveloped as a restaurant - saw its appeal against a council ruling blocked
AN Bord Pleanala has refused an appeal by a Thomas Street pub and restaurant against conditions allowing it to have tables and chairs outside its outlet.

AN Bord Pleanala has refused an appeal by a Thomas Street pub and restaurant against conditions allowing it to have tables and chairs outside its outlet.

Aubars Ltd lodged an appeal with the national planning authority against a decision made in May by the council to grant a licence for outside tables and chairs, plus advertising hoardings only for a limited period.

The council ruled that the pub - which is to open under a different auspice shortly - that tables, chairs and advertising attachments can only be placed on Thomas Street between 10am and 12.30am.

The licence to do this will be valid until Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Notably, the local authority ruled the outdoor area can only encroach onto the public footpath for up to three metres.

Aubars appealed the decision - made in May last - to An Bord Pleanala.

However, in a decision published this week, the body decided to disallow the appeal.

It directed the planning authority to grant the licence to Aubars, subject to a number of conditions.

These include a stipulation that the tables, chairs, attachments and the advertisement structure may be placed on the public footway.

The board said they will be “arranged and maintained on the footway to prevent the freeflow of pedestrian traffic and shall not extend more than three metres from the boundary wall”.

On top of this, the board ruled all the structures must be removed between the hours of 12.30am and 10am each morning, and the outdoor area will be properly supervised at all times “to ensure the conditions are complied with at all times”.

Residents living above Aubars have in the past objected to tables and chairs being placed outside the 
premises.