Kirkliston post office wins battle

The post office at Kirkliston can keep its metal shutter despite planners saying it is inappropriate for a conservation area.
The post office at Kirkliston can keep its metal shutter despite planners saying it is inappropriate for a conservation area.

The operator of Kirkliston’s post office has won a battle to keep security shutters on the front of the building.

Planning officials had been warned that an order to remove the metal structure would have a “catastrophic” effect and lead to the business closing. Now a Scottish Government reporter has upheld an appeal by Mr R Ahmed to keep it in place.

City of Edinburgh Council served an enforcement notice on the businessman after the shutters were installed without planning permission.

The post office sits in Kirkliston’s conservation area and planners said shutters weren’t appropriate in such a location.

Mr Ahmed took over the former newsagent and general store last year.

His agent explained: “It is a basic and standard security upgrade that shutters are installed in all new post offices.

“Our client had no option but to install these, but he plans to apply a green vinyl wrap to soften the impact.”

The agent said there had been two attempted break-ins at the building over a three-week period, adding: “Removal of the shutters would have catastrophic consequences and lead towards closure.”

The council said it accepted the need for enhanced security, but suggested an alternative could be installed such as toughened glass or internally fitted shutters.

However, reporter David Buylla said the building is not prominent in the village and the shutters have only a “very slight” adverse impact on the conservation area.

He accepted Mr Ahmed’s proposal to wrap the shutter box in vinyl, adding: “This would improve the appearance sufficiently that the character of the conservation area would be preserved.”