Garage plan

Plan­ners give OK to Fish­escotes pro­posal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A derelict petrol sta­tion in Burn­side is to be trans­formed into a used car sales busi­ness.

The for­mer Fish­escoates Ser­vice Sta­tion on East Kil­bride Road will dis­play more than 20 cars from its re­newed fore­court when opened by Burn­side Car Com­pany.

A derelict petrol sta­tion in Burn­side is to be trans­formed into a used car sales busi­ness.

The for­mer Fish­escoates Ser­vice Sta­tion on East Kil­bride Road will dis­play more than 20 cars from its re­newed fore­court when opened by Burn­side Car Com­pany.

The busi­ness was this month granted plan­ning per­mis­sion for a change of use by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The lo­cal author­ity agreed the build­ing could be al­tered to house a re­cep­tion area, two of­fices, staff room, toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and store room, while the fore­court area will have 33 car park­ing spa­ces, of which 22 will be used to dis­play cars for sale.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the busi­ness comes months af­ter Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil raised con­cerns about the state of the fill­ing sta­tion, which has fallen into a poor state of re­pair.

The for­mer Tex­aco garage, which has been shut for al­most three years, had been dubbed an eye­sore, with rub­ble on the site, along with lit­ter and graf­fiti.

In a let­ter to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment Pro­fes­sor James Neil, chair­man of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “The im­prove­ment of a derelict and eye­sore site should be wel­comed in prin­ci­ple but full en­dorse­ment can­not be of­fered un­less there are as­sur­ances that the pro­posed used car sales de­vel­op­ment will be pro­por­tion­ate to the space avail­able and op­er­ated in a man­ner that does not dis­turb res­i­dents in ad­join­ing prop­er­ties.

“I note the con­cerns raised by im­me­di­ate neigh­bours al­ready with re­gard to pos­si­ble loss of pri­vacy and fears of ex­ces­sive noise from car valet­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on site.

“Also the plans show a very high den­sity of oc­cu­pancy and an ob­vi­ous ques­tion is whether ve­hi­cle move­ments on the site will spill over on to the busy East Kil­bride Road.

“It is hoped that the dangers high­lighted above can on this oc­ca­sion be pre- empted at the plan­ning stage and that ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions of op­er­a­tion can be agreed to safe­guard the in­ter­ests of neigh­bours and other lo­cal res­i­dents.”

These con­cerns were con­sid­ered by plan­ners and Burn­side Car Com­pany was granted the change of use per­mis­sion on the con­di­tion that it in­creases the car park­ing spa­ces on site for staff and vis­i­tors from six to 11.

Fur­ther con­di­tions re­gard­ing noise were also im­posed and the busi­ness was told to erect a 1.8m fence on the bound­ary with Fish­escoates Av­enue to main­tain the neigh­bour­ing house­holds’ pri­vacy.

Closed Tex­aco shut up shop three years ago

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