Gaudy aw­ful

Coun­cil­lor blasts restau­rant over ‘bizarre’ Ve­gas-style night lights

Perthshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Paul Cargill

A Perth coun­cil­lor has taken a dim view of a new restau­rant’s night lights, liken­ing them to some­thing usu­ally seen in Las Ve­gas.

Perth City South rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wil­lie Wil­son has writ­ten to city plan­ners ask­ing if the lights at the Brox­den Farm just off the A93 can be switched off al­to­gether.

Cllr Wil­son claims it de­tracts from an area the coun­cil it­self de­scribes as one of Perth’s “most pres­ti­gious busi­ness lo­ca­tions”.

“The bizarre light­ing - which has been de­scribed by lo­cal res­i­dents to me both as like Black­pool il­lu­mi­na­tions and Las Ve­gas - is some­thing [that], in my opin­ion and lo­cal res­i­dents’ opin­ion, is detri­men­tal to the amenity of the lo­cal area,” he told the PA.

“It de­tracts from the busi­ness park set­ting and the land­scap­ing sur­round and lo­cal res­i­den­tial ar­eas. I have taken this mat­ter up with the plan­ning ser­vice to see what en­force­ment ac­tion can be taken to have the light­ing ei­ther switched off al­to­gether or at least di­min­ished in terms of bright­ness or times that it’s dis­played.”

The Scot­tish Lib­eral Demo­crat, who has pre­vi­ously de­scribed the Greene King-owned eatery near Lam­berkine Drive as “one of the most un­wanted de­vel­op­ments in the area”, is also seek­ing as­sur­ances from the com­pany the venue will not en­ter­tain large crowds of foot­ball fans in the fu­ture.

“The es­tab­lish­ment also got off to an un­for­tu­nate start even be­fore it opened as there was a dis­cus­sion on so­cial me­dia about foot­ball sup­port­ers vis­it­ing in or­der to have a get-to­gether and sin­ga­long in what has been de­scribed by Greene King on re­peated oc­ca­sions as a fam­ily es­tab­lish­ment,” he said. “This is most un­for­tu­nate and I hope it doesn’t have por­tents of things to come.

“I have writ­ten to Greene King ex­press­ing my views in no un­cer­tain terms and I hope they will re­spond if they are to be a community-based or­gan­i­sa­tion with some im­prove­ment on some of th­ese mat­ters.”

A spokesper­son for Greene King said: “Since Brox­den Farm opened in March, cre­at­ing more than 60 full and part-time roles in the lo­cal area, we have re­ceived re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back from the community and would like to thank ev­ery­one who has vis­ited so far.

“Mr Wil­son pre­vi­ously con­tacted us with his con­cerns and we of­fered to meet with him to dis­cuss them.

“The de­sign for Brox­den Farm was ap­proved by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil and was based on their plan­ning spec­i­fi­ca­tions as it forms part of the busi­ness park.

“We were thrilled to have the chance to open a fam­ily din­ing and carvery restau­rant in Perth and are de­lighted with the warm wel­come we’ve been given by cus­tomers.”

A PKC spokesper­son com­mented: “We re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from coun­cil­lor Wil­son [on Monday] re­gard­ing the light­ing on the build­ing and are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sit­u­a­tion to es­tab­lish whether there has been a breach of plan­ning con­trol.”

I have writ­ten to Greene King ex­press­ing my views in no un­cer­tain terms

Not the light fan­tas­tic Cllr Wil­lie Wil­son wants the lights at the Greene King restau­rant switched off

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