Edinburgh City Council sends a set of rules to restaurants and street cafes who apply for pemits to have chairs and tables on the pavement. One of the requirements is that the establishment carry out a full assessment of the wind conditions each morning. Staff have to be instructed and trained in how to decide at what point they should bring in parasols, canopies etc. It is suggested that each business should purchase an anemometer (wind speed measuring device) or make a judgement based on a chart prepared by officials. Helpful hints are that a strong breeze will cause the movement of larger branches on trees, and that “whole trees in motion and resistance felt when walking against the wind” is indicative of a gale.
A council spokesman said: “This is about raising awareness of the need to plan ahead, ensuring that any temporary structure be properly constructed and suitable measures taken to mitigate against the dangers of high winds.”
Daniel Hamilton, assistant manager at the Rose and Crown on Rose Street, said: “This is bizarre. There is no danger of our parasols flying away, especially as they are fitted with concrete bases that weigh about as much I do.” Malcolm Duck, chairman of the Edinburgh Restaurateurs’ Association, said: “It is like a Monty Python sketch.”