Studio needles locals

PLANS for a new tattoo studio in Yokine have met with opposition from Stirling residents who fear “fire bombs” and bikies.

Fifteen objections were lodged against the proposed studio on Michael Street, with locals worried about the potential for anti-social behaviour in nearby Knight Avenue reserve and surrounding streets.

“I believe that tattoo studios are a target for violence and fire bombs and the use could attract bikies and an unsavoury element to this area,” one local told the council.

“Tattoo Studios have no place in residential areas.”

Another said: “There has already been drug-related incidents involving police in the local area recently and I feel that having a tattoo studio is only going to encourage more of this type of problem.”

A local told the Voice the building had previously been a fish and chip shop and was allegedly used as a drop-off for drugs.

He played down the “scare-mongering” over the proposed tatt parlour. “There used to be a bit of trouble in the Knight Avenue reserve with drugs and drinking in the past, but it’s largely died down in recent years.

“I can’t see people attending the tattoo parlour hanging around and causing problems—there’s nothing much around here. The real problem is the oldies who let their dogs shit all over the reserve every day.”

Improving lighting and security at the reserve would be better ways to curb yobs, he said.

Another objector noted the vast majority of people living in the area were over 60 and a tattoo parlour was of no value to the local area.

Stirling council staff said they couldn’t block the parlour on the grounds of potential anti-social behaviour, and recommended approval.

The council will vote later this month.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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