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Woluwe-Saint-Lambert contemplating ban on patio heaters
Officials in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert are considering banning patio heaters throughout the territory of the Brussels municipality.
Currently, a municipal decree prohibits use of patio heaters in a single street, the Avenue Georges Henri. The decree was issued to preserve the avenue’s historical character.
Officials are now considering extending the ban to the entirety of the district for environmental reasons. According to urban planning alderwoman Delphine de Valkeneer, patio heaters are extremely wasteful. “Four patio heaters used for a duration of eight hours consume the same amount of energy as a car that drives a 350-km distance. It’s simply wasteful to heat the outside of a café,” she told La Capitale.
Although the municipal decree banning the appliances from Avenue Georges Henri has been in force since 2012, not a single café or bar owner has been fined for using a patio heater. De Valkeneer nevertheless said that checks are regularly conducted.
“And we will keep these checks up, especially as autumn and winter are approaching – a time when cafés and restaurants are more easily tempted to use the patio heaters,” she said.
Written by Linda A. Thompson
Photo: Belga/ Nicolas Lambert