New Look for Union Street and Outside Seating Encouraged


14th July 2020

Union Street in Dundee City Centre will be closed to general traffic from Wednesday (July 15) as part of a council drive to help improve business for outlets as well as safety for shoppers as lockdown eases.

The temporary move, which is being funded through the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People fund, is being put into place as shops reopen and restrictions on pubs and cafes are loosened.

The city’s UNESCO City of Design team will also be helping to co-ordinate the decoration of street furniture in Union Street to try and create a fresh feel for the newly pedestrianised area.

In another bid to boost business, Dundee City Council is also now encouraging pubs, cafes and restaurants across the city to apply for temporary outside seating areas to help attract customers while physical distancing measures still apply.

A hospitality task force has been established to streamline the process involving licensing, planning, roads & transport, environmental health and building standards

Councillor Alan Ross, city development convener said: “While we have seen an encouraging increase in footfall in the city centre, we have to do as much as we can to support our retail and hospitality businesses while ensuring people are kept safe.

“The closure of Union Street creates yet another pedestrian area where people will have the space to walk about while easily observing physical distancing.

“This is an exciting development to create a new feel around this area, where we are also promoting active travel, and help encourage people to return to the city centre.

“I would also ask pubs, cafes and restaurants across the city to apply for outside seating to help attract custom while physical distancing remains in place.

“Given the unprecedented situation, we appreciate the need for outlets to act quickly.

“There are a number of challenges for these businesses and we are working hard to assist them with these issues.”

Guidance for outside seating can be found at

Detail on the council’s Spaces for People projects are here

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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