Pub ex­tend beer gar­den

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Wether­spoons have been given ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mis­sion for ex­tend­ing their beer gar­den at the John Fair­weather in Cam­bus­lang de­spite com­plaints from a nearby or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The pub gi­ants made the changes to the out­door area at the rear of the build­ing.

But Cam­bus­lang Royal Arch Lodge say the work has blocked ac­cess to their build­ing on Taber­na­cle Lane.

In a sub­mis­sion to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Arch sec­re­tary Peter Philips, said a com­mon ac­cess lane from Green­lees Road to their build­ing had been blocked by the plan.

He claimed the are a Wether­spoons had built on ex­ceeded the orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion and that the raised plat­form would af­fect pri­vacy at a res­i­den­tial flat on the Arch site.

The group also said block­ing the lane would pre­vent fire ser­vices from ac­cess­ing the build­ing should there be an emer­gency. How­ever, coun­cil of­fi­cers were sat­is­fied with the plans.

On the is­sue of block­ing the ac­cess lane, del­e­gated of­fi­cer G Rae con­firmed the land be­longed to Wether­spoons.

In a writ­ten re­port, he added: “Whilst I am sym­pa­thetic to the con­cerns raised by the ad­ja­cent prop­erty, right of ac­cess is a le­gal mat­ter and as such the plan­ning ser­vice has no re­mit.

“In terms of a fire exit route, I have dis­cussed this mat­ter with build­ing stan­dards who are sat­is­fied the Cam­bus­lang Royal Arch Lodge would use Taber­na­cle Lane as their fire exit route which is not af­fected by this pro­posal.”

The plan was ap­proved un­der del­e­gated pow­ers and did not go to plan­ning com­mit­tee.

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