Plans for a beer garden outside a Tranent pub are “just what Tranent needs” according to one of the town’s ward councillors.

Members of Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council discussed for a beer garden at The Tower Inn on the town’s Church Street at the group’s meeting last Tuesday.

A planning application to change an open space to a beer garden with seating area, fencing and gates was submitted by Dominic McNeill.

The community pub, which dates back more than 100 years, had started work on plans for a beer garden to the north.

At the group meeting, chair Mike Falconer said he saw no problems with the plans.

He said: “I thought I would raise it here because we can make a comment on it. But I think the plans are a good thing.

“The garden I think will be a positive thing for the town.”

Councillor Lee-Anne Menzies, ward member for the town, added: “I think something like this is just what Tranent needs. We don’t have one at the moment and it seems like it has been planned well.”