I’ve no appetite for a bigger restaurant

Charles McBride says beer garden customers at Angels can already peer over the fence into his garden and fears an extension to the restaurant will affect his privacy further.
Charles McBride says beer garden customers at Angels can already peer over the fence into his garden and fears an extension to the restaurant will affect his privacy further.

A man who lives next door to a popular hotel fears he will be out in the cold if an extension plan is approved.

Lisini Pub Company wants to extend the restaurant at Angels in Uddingston’s Main Street.

However, next door neighbour Charles McBride is dismayed at the prospect, claiming the larger building will affect his privacy and block sunlight from his home and garden.

He has lodged an objection to the planning application with South Lanarkshire Council.

Lisini is a major operator of hotels and pubs in the area. It also runs Uddingston’s Castle Rooms, the Parkville in Blantyre and Dalziel Park Hotel near Cleland.

Mr McBride said: “I expect planning permission will be granted, but I had to object.

“I understand the extension is to the front of the restaurant. The ground level there has already been raised so customers in the beer garden can see over the fence into my garden.

“This extension would affect my dwindling privacy further. It would also block sunlight getting to parts of my house as did the kitchen extension the last time changes were made to the hotel. My living room’s so cold I don’t use it.”

Mr McBride says if the planning decision goes against him he’ll jut have to live with it. He added: “I’m not moving. I’ve been here for 30 years and I like my house.”

Angels is a popular eating and entertainment venue which has been recognised nationally for its community spirit.

It’s been run by former Celtic footballer Harry Hood and his family for many years. Earlier this month Lisini handed over £13,000 to Glasgow’s Beatson Cancer Charity as a result of fundraising.