South Scotland

Dumfries restaurant loses green and red paintwork appeal

Image caption An appeal to the Scottish government over the colour scheme has been rejected

A Dumfries restaurant has lost its appeal against an order forcing the owners to repaint its distinctive green and red exterior.

Last year councillors refused a bid to retain the colour scheme on the listed sandstone building which forms part of the Mississippi Grill House.

Planning officials said the paintwork breached conservation rules.

The owners appealed to the Scottish government to keep the colour scheme but that has been refused.

Planning officers said the paint was impermeable and could cause long-term damage to the stonework of the Irish Street building.

However, Craig Denman, a partner in the business, argued it was suitable and said the costs of removing it could force the restaurant to close.

An appeal was lodged with the Scottish government to allow the paintwork to stay.

It argued that listed building consent should be granted and that the council order to clean and repaint the property was excessive.

A reporter has now concluded that is not the case and refused the appeal.

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