I have to repaint my purple shop because council say it 'doesn't fit in' after just one complaint… it’ll cost me £4k | The Sun

A MAN who painted the front of his store purple has been left fuming after the council said to repaint it as it "doesn't fit in".

Andrew Richardson, 60, made the decision to paint his shopfront a brighter shade after wanting to get rid of the "muted grey colour".

His gin shop House of Boë on South Queensferry High Street, near Edinburgh, underwent the transformation last June.

But after doing so without permission, the business owner was told he had to revert it back to the way it was by the council.

And he added that it could now cost him around £4,000 in total to carefully remove the existing paint and then colour it again.

The City of Edinburgh Council said it was an offence to paint a listed building in a conservation area without consent and order him to repaint it.

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Boë Gin director Andrew appealed the decision and launched an online petition for the shop to retain its colourful paint, which was signed by nearly 1,500 people.

Unfortunately for him, the Scottish Government upheld the council's ruling last week.

Andrew said the decision makes no sense as the shop is on one of the most colourful streets in Edinburgh.

Dad-of-two Andrew told the Daily Record: "It's really disappointing because we thought we had made a strong case. The council said the shop is in keeping with the High Street, that wasn't the issue.

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"But because the building next to us is stone they said the paint is not in keeping with that and it needs to be. It just seems such a nonsense.

"The pub across the street from us is painted black, red and white – so it doesn't add up. I am not even exactly sure what colour they want me to paint it now."

Owner Andrew was also frustrated because he was ordered to repaint his shop after just a single complaint about the colour.

He continued: "It has to be a 'muted' tone, so I assume grey. It's going to cost us £4,000 to paint it back which is really expensive, especially when it's not the easiest time for people in retail."

"We really could have done without this, it makes no sense. And this is all because of one single complaint, if that hadn't been made this wouldn't have happened."

Andrew said he had no idea he needed the council's permission before painting the shop.

He slammed the council for a "narrow minded" approach and said locals don't want a dull high street.

Andrew said: "I fully appreciated we should have checked before we painted the building. But it's my shop and it's on a colourful high street so I honestly didn't think it would be an issue.

"Locals have told us the paint has helped brighten up the street, no one wants a grey high street. But the council don't care what the local people want, that's not part of their decision making process.

"There is no way to appeal this now, the decision has been made and that's the end of it, there is nothing we can do."

An Edinburgh Council spokesperson told the Sun: “It is an offence to paint a listed building in a conservation area without the appropriate consent.

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"In this instance we have taken action because of the harm to the building and the conservation area.

"We note the decision of Scottish Ministers who agree with our decision.”

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