Bistro hoping to give its customers a bit of a lift

Eyemouth’s Oblo bar and bistro has submitted plans to install an external lift to make access to its first-floor premises easier.

Wheelchair users and disabled customers currently only have the option of sitting outside the Harbour Road business, but although it’s sheltered by awnings, lit, and heated in colder weather, that doesn’t offer the level of comfort for customers that Oblo’s management aspires to.

Bosses there are concerned that many of their regular customers struggle with the stairs.

They say that parents with wheelchair-bound children or with babies in prams find it difficult, and the lack of full disabled access limits the use of the bistro for functions such as funeral parties and family gatherings.

A design and access statement submitted with their planning application for the lift states: “Although there is no statutory obligation to do so, they feel now is the right time to undertake the work with a view to providing enhanced customer service for both existing and potential customers.

“At present, visitors dependent on wheelchair use for their mobility are restricted to the outside seating area.

“Options for the location of the lift have been thoroughly examined, but the very limited external ground floor space of the building, accommodating only a lobby, WCs and stair up to the principal floor, has led to the conclusion that the only feasible option is to install the lift externally.

“The lift manufacturer and supplier’s recommendation is to have the lift opening on to the open balcony area.”

The planning application, submitted on behalf of WS Giacopazzi and Sons, says the external lift would be mostly glazed with a silver frame to match the conservatory and deck enclosures.