A Suffolk host has won the right to keep CCTV at his pub after councillors ruled that they did not detract from the appearance of the listed building.
Waveney District Council planning officers wanted the cameras removed from the King's Head because they were put up without planning permission. It was argued that this was necessary because it was a listed building in a conservation area.
But at a meeting of the council's rural area development control committee on Wednesday last week, councillors granted retrospective planning permission for the cameras.
This followed a three-minute presentation from King's Head tenant Graham Dungey, who persuaded the committee that the cameras were welcomed by the police and the community because they help to deter troublemakers from the town.
Cllr John Goldsmith told the committee: "CCTV cameras have been proven as an effective deterrent in dealing with anti-social behaviour and I believe they are necessary in this instance."
The committee also granted retrospective permission for the Adnams outlet to keep its hanging baskets and A-board outside the pub. Dungey said he was "over the moon" at the result.