Booze li­cences on rise

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

There are 700 li­cenced premises across South La­nark­shire ac­cord­ing to new govern­ment fig­ures.

The area has 474 on-sale premises and an­other 226 off-sale only premises.

Only four other ar­eas in Scot­land have more li­cenced premises – City of Ed­in­burgh (2000), Glas­gow (1868), Fife (1033) and North La­nark­shire (712).

South La­nark­shire’s fig­ures for the year end­ing March 31, 2016, show a mar­ginal rise on the pre­vi­ous year when there were 699 li­cenced premises – 475 on-sale and 224 off-sale.

On top of the 700 liquor li­censes for premises in South La­nark­shire, 683 oc­ca­sional li­censes were given in 2015/16. That is down from the 937 oc­ca­sional li­cences granted the pre­vi­ous year.

Li­cences for premises li­censes ap­ply to places such as shops, pubs, restau­rants and sports grounds. A per­sonal li­cense ap­plies to in­di­vid­u­als as ev­ery sale made on li­censed premises must also be au­tho­rised by a li­censed in­di­vid­ual.

This y e a r, South La­nark­shire had 2410 per­sonal li­cences, up on the 2287 from the pre­vi­ous year.

Across Scot­land, on top of the 16,704 liquor li­censes for premises (up 71 from 16,633) there were 24,778 oc­ca­sional li­censes granted ( up 1599 from 23,179) in 2015/16.

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