Fast food outlet off the menu at harbour location for Avengers: Endgame and Harry Styles video

A bid for a fast food outlet at a fishing village famed as a top movie location is off the menu amid concerns it would lower the tone of the area.
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Scottish Borders Council received a planning bid for a burger stand and gift shop on the harbour at St Abbs last June.

The application required the demolition of a dilapidated fisherman’s storage hut and its replacement with a wooden retail unit.

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The application was opposed by Berwickshire Civic Society amid concerns over the negative impact it could have on the Conservation Area – with the harbour a favourite location for visiting film crews and photographers.

St Abbs harbour.St Abbs harbour.
St Abbs harbour.

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One objector wrote: “Any fast food-type retail would degrade the character and charm of the location.”

Concerns were also raised that it could impact on the viability of the nearby lifeboat charity shop.

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The applicant, Sandra Ross, had argued that St Abbs was visited by people from across the world, particularly students, who were asking for a ‘reasonably priced snack’.

She added: “They are down to St Abbs for maybe for a ‘Ribride’ experience or a boat trip to see the dolphins, and other mammals that we get these days, or maybe divers, walkers, and others that cannot get served at the only other place to eat at the harbour, Ebbcarrs Cafe, as she’s quite often got a queue to be served.”

A formal withdrawal of the application has been submitted.