A Renton cafe, described as a 'lifeline' for elderly and disabled people, looks set to be saved from closure.

An appeal had been launched on behalf of The Village Cafe after it had planning permission refused in September last year.

The premises, on Main Street, had operated for just over a year at the time, and provided an invaluable service for vulnerable locals.

But when owner Duncan Wrethman applied for retrospective planning permission last year for an extractor fan, it was refused by West Dunbartonshire Council.

They had called upon owner Duncan to provide them with details of his extraction system after receiving complaints about cooking smells coming from the premises.

However, as it was installed by the previous operator, he was unable to do so - and permission was refused.

Duncan has now agreed to have a new ventilation system installed, which will keep cooking smells from wafting into neighbouring homes.

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As long as he has the work carried out within eight weeks of planning permission being granted, and he continues to maintain and clean the system as per the manufacturer's instructions, Duncan will be allowed to carry on serving up food.

Papers for the February 12 committee meeting state: "The new ventilation system proposed is considered satisfactory to support the type of cooking at the cafe.

"Its installation will allow the user to operate without adversely impacting upon the amenity of nearby residential properties."

They then urge councillors to grant permission as requested.

The cafe, which was formerly a beauty parlour, is open seven days a week.

A petition supporting its planning application, after it was first refused, was signed by over 400 locals who were keen for it to remain open.