Su­per­mar­ket off sales bid re­jected

The Oban Times - - News -

A SU­PER­MAR­KET ap­pli­ca­tion to in­crease al­co­hol sales in Fort Wil­liam has been re­jected by High­land coun­cil’s li­cens­ing board.

Own­ers of Lidl asked the lo­cal au­thor­ity for per­mis­sion to in­crease the off sales area in its town store, along with another four in the High­lands, to pro­mote pre­mium wines and other items, but the re­quest was re­jected last Tues­day as it ex­ceeded the max­i­mum dis­play space al­lowed for al­co­hol.

The re­fusal was wel­comed by Elisabeth Smart of the Public Health Board, who was con­cerned about the ef­fects of in­crease al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

She said: ‘ The ev­i­dence shows peo­ple in High­land are drink­ing harm­fully and that peo­ple buy mainly from off sales. This is a pos­i­tive step by the li­cens­ing board to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties in tack­ling the harm­ful ef­fects of al­co­hol.’

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