CYCLISTS will be able to leave their bicycles securely outside an historic church after plans for bike racks were given the go ahead.

The Vestry (trustees) of St Anne’s Church had applied to East Lothian Council to allow the bike racks to be put in place in a bid to encourage people visiting the church to leave their car at home and instead cycle to the venue, on Dunbar’s Westgate.

The bike racks can also be used by members of the public, with a lack of similar facilities at that end of the neighbouring High Street.

No members of the public objected to the scheme, which was approved by the local authority’s planning department.

The planning officer felt the size, design, materials and positioning of the bike racks meant they “would not be harmful to the character” of the church, which dates back to the 1800s, or the Dunbar Conservation Area.