A few years ago the owners of the Lion and Key pub got permission to turn it into a mental health drop in centre. The Council was pleased as the façade of the pub was kept and a useful health facility was built. Local residents were pleased as they were not now woken up with disturbances from the pub.
Well, can you believe it, the Council has now agreed that the building can be turned into a hotel and has recently agreed a further floor can be built on the top. Focus is not aware of any consultation on this with local residents.
It is more bizarre as only last year they refused a planning application to turn the old Graylaw House site, which is only a stone’s throw from the Lion and Key, into a hotel.
What is the Council up to!
Focus will be investigating and will report back.