Apr 06,2007 00:00
EDINBURGH -- A Scottish hotel's attempt to provide a sheltered place for its staff to smoke has caught the eyes -- and ears -- of one of the country's prominent lawyers.
"The noise of staff members laughing, shouting, even talking in the still of the night, is heard by people, especially those in Lansdowne Crescent, who are trying to sleep," he wrote in a letter to the local council.
The hotel built the shelter three months ago without getting local planning permission and is trying to obtain a permit retroactively. But McCluskey has powerful allies, including the Rev. Dr. Graham Forbes, the Provost of St. Mary's Cathedral, the newspaper said.
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