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Food businesses in South Kesteven could get licences to set up outdoor table and chairs more quickly under new rules

Businesses selling food and drink in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, may soon be able to quickly set up tables and chairs to serve customers outdoors.

The Government is expected to make a law allowing traders such as cafes, bars and restaurants to apply down a more streamlined route straight to the district council. Previously, businesses had to apply to the county council, but it is hoped new legislation will allow them to apply for a pavement licence to put furniture outside their premises, making it easier for them to trade during the pandemic.

Members of South Kesteven District Council’s cabinet agreed this week to defer a decision to the chief executive in consultation with the cabinet member for commercial and operations, once the legislation has gone through. It is expected to be law within two weeks.

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