AN ice-cream salesman has won a battle to sell his sweet treats in a Loch Lomondside village after a lengthy battle with Argyll and Bute Council.

Remo Serapiglia had been banned from selling ice creams within 100 metres of businesses offering similar products in Luss.

But the local authority has now agreed to renew Mr Serapiglia's street trader licence – without the restrictive condition attached.

The decision was made by Argyll and Bute's planning, protective services and licensing committee – in spite of objections from local councillor George Freeman, who told a hearing he had received "at least a dozen" complaints about Mr Serapiglia operating outwith the terms of his previous licence.

In the debate on the application, Cllr Robin Currie (Kintyre and the Islands) said he thought the condition attached to Mr Serapiglia's licence was "stupid", "vague" and "anti-competition".

Councillor Kinniburgh moved that the licence should be granted, but with conditions remaining in place. He was backed by Councillor Richard Trail.

However, Councillor Roddy McCuish, seconded by Councillor Audrey Forrest, tabled an amendment that the condition be removed.

The amendment was passed by five votes to two.