Snack van plan fails

Lennox Herald - - LIFESAVER - Jenny Foulds

A Ren­ton man is “gob­s­macked”af­ter his bid to run a snack van was re­fused.

Dun­canWreth­man’s plan to site a fast food van in theVale of Leven In­dus­trial Es­tate was knocked back byWest Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee.

The for­mer taxi driver told the Len­nox Her­ald he is dis­gusted by the de­ci­sion and has lodged an ap­peal against it.

Dun­can wanted to sell hot and cold filled rolls, drinks and snacks on a small piece of land off Leven­side Road.

The meet­ing heard that the roads depart­ment plan to put dou­ble yel­low lines on both sides of the road at the site but oth­er­wise had no ob­jec­tions.

How­ever, coun­cil­lors said they were wor­ried the van would be a traf­fic haz­ard. Four mem­bers voted against Dun­can’s li­cence, over­pow­er­ing two coun­cil­lors who pro­posed ap­proval.

Six ob­jec­tors had op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion, claim­ingThe Shed could have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on a nearby cafe and would be a traf­fic haz­ard.

Dun­can said:“I was gob­s­macked by the de­ci­sion. I think it’s a dis­grace.

“One of the coun­cil­lors said the coun­cil would lose an ap­peal but they still went ahead and re­fused it.

“The main is­sue seemed to be park­ing but there was no ob­jec­tion from the roads depart­ment so I don’t un­der­stand.

“I’m only try­ing to make a liv­ing and I’m hav­ing to de­pend on my wife.

“I’ve had a lot of sup­port since it’s been in the Len­nox. I’ve had strangers mes­sage me on Face­book say­ing they are in sup­port.

“I am now ap­peal­ing.”

An­gry Dun­can Wreth­man is ap­peal­ing against the de­ci­sion

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