Businesses can now apply for pavement licences to serve customers within government guidelines.

Maldon District Council have announced that businesses in the Maldon District can apply for fast tracked temporary pavement licences to serve customers while adhering to social distancing.

The Business and Planning Bill 2020 was approved at the end of last month and Maldon District Council is now able to consider and approve pavement licenses in the district.

Councillor Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: "I am very pleased that we can now explore ways of helping businesses to serve their customers.

"Temporary pavement licences will allow businesses to observe social distancing measures whilst welcoming customers back to enjoy all that the District has to offer.

"We’re also keen to receive other more innovative ideas about making use of public space.

Licences can be granted until April 1 2021 and will be subject to formal and public consultation.

"When out in the District though, it is important that everyone continues to follow the Government guidance around social distancing and hand washing to keep everyone safe and well."

The council remains open to more ideas that would support businesses to make use of open public space.

Applications can be made via