Angus councillors have given the go-ahead for pavement tables and chairs outside a Monifieth pub restaurant.
The authority’s policy and resources committee considered an application from Pipers bar and kitchen to site half a dozen tables outside the premises at 68 to 71 High Street.
The move will create space for 24 outside seats and had been recommended for approval by council officials, subject to a range of conditions.
Those include a requirement for a barrier around the designated alfresco area, at least a metre high and set back a minimum of 3.4 metres from the front face of the adjacent kerbline.
The application, which was approved without comment by committee members, also requires the pub operators to secure the necessary licensing permissions.
The committee also agreed to extend the lease of Arbroath Bus Station for another decade.
The Catherine Street property was leased from April 2007 for 10 years to Fife Scottish Omnibuses Ltd at a rent of £7,000 per annum.
Councillors were told provisional agreement has now been reached for a further 10-year lease at a rental of £8,000pa, with a rent review and tenant break option at the end of March 2022.
Members also agreed that the council should pen its support for Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter, a framework for the public, private and third sectors to work together to ensure that everyone has the basic skills required to participate fully in the digital world.
Across Scotland, around 800,000 people do not have the basic digital skills required to use the internet effectively.
Research has shown that those suffering online inequality are also more likely to be facing other forms of exclusion and inequality, such as disability or low income.
IT chief Sharon Faullner said the council is already active in supporting staff and citizens in learning basic digital skills through initiatives such as the Agile Angus programme and the work of the Angus Welfare Reform Group.