Outdoor seating has become the new craze in Southport, with new ‘parklets’ appearing through the town.
Parklets are an extension of the pavement that provides more space and amenities for people using the street.
They are the perfect solution to allowing restaurants, bars and cafes to trade and welcome customers, while also allowing for social distancing to take place following the coronavirus pandemic.
Local businesses have been working with Sefton Council to allow the new facilities to be built, usually by creating decking over service roads or loading bays.
Parklets have appeared outside businesses including: the Medhito Cuban Latin Lounge on Coronation Walk; Punch Tarmey’s and The Lord Street Hotel on the Court Road service road adjacent to Lord Street; and outside The Guest House on Union Street.
Lisa Mendi from Medhito Cuban Latin Lounge said: “I absolutely love the new seating area!
I will take some more pictures over the weekend when it is all set up and in use.
“People can now enjoy your drinks outside Medhito.
“I am sure some of you will enjoy a little social distanced solo Latin and soul!”
The Guest House said: “Our new parklet seating is now outside, thank you Sefton Council!”
A spokesman for the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group said: “We are so excited to announce our new garden bar at The Lord Street Hotel!
“Since the recent opening of our Prosecco Bar and Roof Terrace, the demand for seating in the recent weather has blown us away.
“Between our new Garden Area and our revamped Bar area, we cannot wait to introduce visitors and locals alike, to our new area. We look forward to seeing you soon!”
Parklets offer a place to stop, to sit, and to rest while taking in the activities of the street.
In instances where a parklet is not intended to accommodate people, it may provide greenery, or some other visual amenity.
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