Carbon footprint-conscious tattooist to bring studio to Harleston

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A carbon footprint-conscious proprietor is set to bring a tattoo studio to Harleston.

The change of use application for the unit at 2A Union Street, Harleston, was approved in July by South Norfolk Council. It would see Violet-Ink Tattoo Studio in Chedgrave, near Loddon, move to the town.

In his letter of application to the council, Harleston resident and proprietor Daren Smerdon, who has been a professional tattoo artist for seven years, said he wanted to move his business reduce his own carbon footbprint and fuel costs, which he says set him back around £4,000 per year.

He added says the property does not require any major work to be carried out.

The letter read: “The property has been vacant for over three years now and I would be revitalising a piece of the town centre that has been discarded for a long time.

“I chose the property as it was in a central location and I had been informed that, although it was last a hairdressing salon, it had been a tattoo studio some years previously.

“I would be employing four people from the local area, with the possibility of more staff at a later date.”

Harleston with Redenhall Town Council said the application should be approved, but commented: “The committee felt that this application is not in keeping with the town, however they realise this is not a good enough reason to refuse it.”