Slowly get­ting bet­ter... ex­tra­hour­to­cel­e­brate

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - OPINION -

de­ci­sion, one that I have fought hard for over re­cent months, Glas­gow Li­cens­ing Board have de­cided to rad­i­cally over­haul their pol­icy on late-night ex­ten­sion of hours.

They have an­nounced a one-year pi­lot scheme to al­low some city cen­tre night­clubs, those who meet their strin­gent pub­lic safety, se­cu­rity, ser­vice, staff train­ing and first aid con­di­tions, and are mem­bers of ac­cred­ited safety schemes, will be al­lowed to trade for an ex­tra hour, un­til 4am and on oc­ca­sion 5am.

In other words, premises which look af­ter their cus­tomers and staff, not just their tills.

Safe and se­cure premises whose run­ning and op­er­at­ing costs are higher than any late pub or bar, costs that are only ever cov­ered by door money.

These are premises that are well run, well-staffed and in some cases, like The Garage – which I own – are world­fa­mous and mag­nets for night­time tourists.

How­ever, there are premises, in other Scot­tish towns and cities, whose very ex­is­tence is put un­der threat by those ir­re­spon­si­ble boards (Aberdeen, for ex­am­ple) who grant ex­tra hours to any­one with a li­cence and who use cheap drink as their only in­cen­tive.

Glas­gow’s is a bold and imag­i­na­tive pi­lot scheme that I fully sup­port and am sure will be a suc­cess.

Not just for me, my busi­ness, and the city of Glas­gow, but a suc­cess that will hope­fully in­spire the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to bring all li­cens­ing boards into line and force them to act more re­spon­si­bly in­stead of just the li­censee.

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