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