Planners knock back applications for outdoor washing machines in Kilmarnock

Planning chiefs have knocked back retrospective plans for outdoor washing machines in Kilmarnock.

The controversial launderettes have been popping up in residential streets around the town in recent months.

But it quickly emerged the firm behind the Revolution Laundry machines – Photo-Me – were not allowed to place them on streets.

In December, we revealed that the al-fresco launderette did not have permission to be based at Hill Street in the town and East Ayrshire Council bosses threatened to remove the structure.

This week, East Ayrshire planners refused planning permission for both the Hill Street structure and another at Cameron Drive in New Farm.

Locals were in a spin after the first few machines were installed late last year.

Mrs Jennifer Wilson said on the Hill Street application: “It is an absolute eyesore and destroys all the good work to improve the look of the area. It looks totally ridiculous and out of place.

“It’s more for an industrial estate, garage or supermarket.

Residents have called it an ‘eyesore’
(Image: Kilmarnock Standard)

“Additionally, the junction and this road are already dangerous to tackle.

“There is a huge amount of traffic and it will be worse once everything is up and running again.”

No neighbour objections were submitted for the Cameron Drive application.

East Ayrshire planners gave a four-point refusal for the Cameron Drive bid.

They wrote that the applicant had “failed to justify the out of town centre location for this facility and its design and operation is considered to be inappropriate for the predominantly residential location” and described the machine as “visually obtrusive”.

The same issues were raised with the Hill Street machine but chiefs added a fifth point that the applicant “failed to provide sufficient information to satisfy Ayrshire Roads Alliance that the facility will not have an adverse impact upon the public pavement and road.”

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Photo-Me said in a supporting statement that they have 5,000 laundrette units located across Europe.

The firm also said that “the installation of an automated laundrette within the site will have a positive impact on the services of the area and aid the wider economy as well as providing an essential service, especially relevant at the current time.”

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