Outside fag-ban plan dropped

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Barnsley council has abandoned plans to ban smoking outside pubs. The climbdown followed a meeting with members of the British Beer & Pub...

Barnsley council has abandoned plans to ban smoking outside pubs.

The climbdown followed a meeting with members of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Federation of Licensed Vict-uallers Associations (FLVA) and the Licensed Victuallers Association (LVA) in Barnsley.

Lee Le Clercq, the BBPA's regional secretary, said: "We had a useful meeting with council members and officials and can now say categorically that there will be no ban on smoking in the open air in Barnsley, or anywhere else for that matter.

"Whether this story originated from the ambitions of certain local politicians or from a misunderstanding between the council and local media, the matter is now clear. Customers will continue to smoke quite lawfully in the open air.

"During the meeting it was agreed that some premises owners - and we are not just talking about licensed premises - are ignoring their responsibility for keeping their 'outside café areas'

clean and tidy.

"This is particularly important where these areas front the highway. They must provide ashtrays, but if customers are simply depositing cigarette butts on the highway, then responsible operators will ensure that this is cleaned up."

The meeting was organised by FLVA vice president Dennis Griffiths, licensee of the Miners Rest in Barnsley.

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