FIFE Council have given two hospitality premises temporary permission for outdoor tables and seating in a move to boost the struggling industry.

The JD Wetherspoon’s pub, the Guildhall and Linen Exchange, on Dunfermline High Street, has taken over two parking bays next to their premises between 8am and 6pm, while there is a short-term arrangement in place across the road at the La Menta cafe.

A member of the public had sent in this photo to the Press and complained about the use of the parking spaces but the council said there is temporary permission for the pub to use the area between September 1 and February 28 in response to social distancing requirements.

The council's Ian Jones said he was aware of some concerns raised about pedestrian access on High Street.

He added: “Both premises have been given permission, within restrictions, for tables and chairs outside.

"Our first priority is to make sure public health guidance is followed to keep people safe.

"We are aware of the concerns that have been raised and are in discussion with the businesses affected.”

The tables and chairs have to be enclosed with removable weighted barriers and barriers will be kept tidy throughout operational hours.

All tables have to be serviced within the barriers and staff must be on site to provide customers with their orders to prevent multiple people crossing the public footway with drinks and food etc.

The council said: "All debris and staining on the footway and occupied area has to be removed at the end of each day.

"Should any damage be done to the occupied area as a result of these tables and chairs all costs incurred by this service to rectify the damage will be recharged to the premises."

High Street cafe La Menta has also been given temporary permission but say they have not been using the outdoor seating for the past six weeks due to poor weather.