‘We do not want boozing in the middle of Berkhamsted High Street’

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Politicians have shot down plans to allow drinking on the pavement outside a High Street pub.

The Crown in Berkhamsted has submitted plans to Dacorum Borough Council to create a new ‘pavement cafe’.

Berkhamsted Town Council recommended at a planning meeting on Monday that the borough council refuse the plans.

Councillor Tom Ritchie said: “I think it would be an absolute crime to allow drinking in what effectively would be the middle of the High Street.”

Chairman Laurence Handy said if plans go ahead, users of mobility scooters may not be able to pass that part of the pavement.

J D Wetherspoon, which runs The Crown, wants to put two tables and four chairs outside the pub, which would be separated from the rest of the walkway by a screen.

Town councillors said it was inappropriate in the conservation area and would obstruct walkers.