Over the past months, Prague has taken several steps to speed up the completion of the process of culturing restaurant gardens in the city centre. Operators who break newly established rules or try to delay the start of their validity through losing lawsuits face harsh penalties.
“We decided to significantly speed up the cultivation of front gardens in the centre of Prague. I have told operators who are suing Prague simply to delay the run-up to the new rules that if they do not withdraw their claims and bring their front gardens into line with the new requirements by the end of September, they cannot expect us to conclude new contracts with them after the dispute has ended. So if they become immoral quickly, we will clear their front yard over time and they will no longer be able to run it. I believe that this new approach of ours motivates them sufficiently to put an end to the disputes with Prague,” sums up the way prague councillor for property, transparency and legislation Adam Zábranský solves one of the problems.
At the same time, the Department of Property began to carry out checks on compliance with the rules stemming from the new contracts. In the first wave, 134 front gardens in the most exposed locations were inspected, almost 200 errors were found including overlaying of the front garden area (in 18 cases). These were most often violations of cable bans (35 times), prohibited elements of mobiliare (e.g. cabinets, coolboxes, cash registers; 23 times), non-harvesting of mobiliare after 22:00 (which is required in some locations, elsewhere operators get a discount on rent; 19 times) and not ensuring passage of at least 180 cm (17 times). No wrongdoing was found in the 46 operators.