Supermarket off sales bid rejected
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.’