AN APPLICATION to change a retail shop into a tanning salon in Troon has resulted in several objections.

The proposed property is situated on Church Street, which was previously used as a retail unit selling general gifts, collectables and ladies bags and footwear.

Now that the previous tenants are retiring, the new tenant proposes to operate a tanning salon business. This new business, HOT! would be reconfigured to provide five large and three small treatment rooms.

However, residents and surrounding shop owners have issued objections on the proposed application due to the “the odour that will be expelled” from the business, as well as its “garish visual impact”.

Jennifer Donald, owner of September Skies, said: “My customers come to Troon because they enjoy the variety of retail establishments. Church Street offers high class retail outlets, and this encourages customers to support the shops there.

"My boutique, September Skies, would be directly opposite the tanning salon. The garish appearance, loud music, extended opening hours and associated odour from products used in similar establishments would seriously damage the unique atmosphere in the street and, I believe, would discourage customers from visiting the retail outlets already there. 

“This proposal would adversely affect all of us.”

Resident, Jane Dickie, commented: “There is already a beauty shop in the street and another tanning studio in the town there is no call for more.

"As a conservation area I feel it will be detrimental to the look of the street.”

The application will go before the Regulatory Panel later this year to be determined.