CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a once-popular Barrhead pub into a funeral parlour are expected to get the green light on Wednedsay, despite dozens of objections.

Councillors have been urged to approve a scheme which would see the former Hurlet Carvery converted into a venue for funeral ceremonies, holding up to 1,000 services per year.

Objections to the proposal have been submitted by 19 nearby residents while a petition, with 14 signatures, has also been handed in.

They fear an increase in traffic and noise pollution as well as a negative impact on greenspace, wildlife and property values.

Protesters say an alternative site should be found for the funeral parlour, which would be erected just yards away from where East Renfrewshire’s first crematorium will be built.

However, a report to councillors recommends the plan should be approved, bringing an empty building back into use.

Barrhead’s MSP, Tom Arthur, is urging East Renfrewshire Council to consider the thoughts of residents living near The Hurlet.

Although he gave a cautious welcome to the decision to approve plans for a crematorium in Glasgow Road, Mr Arthur said: “My primary objective is to make sure the concerns of my constituents at the Hurlet Cottages regarding the funeral parlour are taken on board.

“Their concerns are around access, given the potential volume of traffic, and the size of the development.

“If a decision is taken to give planning permission for the funeral parlour to go ahead, I want to ensure the concerns expressed by my constituents are taken into account.”

Elena Rennie and her husband Graham have lived in the nearby Hurlet Cottages for 20 years and are opposed to the plans.

“This development will be an eyesore,” said Elena. “One does not want to be reminded of one’s mortality all the time.”

The council report reveals applicant Sava Estates plan to build a service area for ceremonies, with a capacity of 40 to 50 people, four viewing areas, a foyer and reception areas.

They would retain the site’s 69-space car park. 

The proposed hours of operation are 9am to 5pm, seven days per week.