Coun­cil co-leader wades into li­cens­ing row

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A coun­cil li­cens­ing plan to al­low some pubs to open un­til 3am has come un­der fire – from the author­ity’s own co-leader.

Coun­cil­lors on the li­cens­ing board met ahead of a de­ci­sion on Tues­day.

The scheme would mean pubs and bars could ap­ply for later open­ing on Satur­days and Sun­days and would not have to of­fer “sig­nif­i­cant en­ter­tain­ment”.

Sup­port­ers say the later open­ings could lead to more peo­ple vis­it­ing the city cen­tre at night.

But the plan has come un­der fire from the city’s night­club in­dus­try who say the strug­gling sec­tor may not sur­vive the in­creased com­pe­ti­tion.

Ear­lier this year Pri­ory’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a 4am open­ing was re­jected and the club later closed.

At this week’s meet­ing only Con­ser­va­tive Alan Don­nelly was against the late open­ing of bars.

Last night coun­cil coleader Dou­glas Lums­den agreed with his col­league.

He said: “I feel the li­cens­ing board would be mak­ing a mis­take in class­ing pubs and night­clubs in the same way.

“Night­clubs have made in­vest­ments into pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment and this change will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on their busi­ness.

“This is a change they have been un­able to plan for. I would hope the li­cens­ing board would de­lay the change or take no­tice of the rec­om­men­da­tion sug­gested by coun­cil­lor Don­nelly and al­low ex­tra times for night­clubs to op­er­ate.”

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