Council to vote on new licence powers
PROPOSA L S to a l low A ng us councillors to immediately suspend the licences of taxi drivers, late-night fast food vendors and other holders are set to go to full council, almost a year after elected members threw out similar plans.
The move comes after representation from Police Scotland, which expressed concern at the time taken for requests to suspend licences to go before councillors.
Police are worried about activity “to which the licence relates is causing, or is likely to cause a serious threat to public order or public safety”.
Licensed premises such as pubs and restaurants are not affected by the proposal.
Councillor Craig Fotheringham, convener of the licensing committee, urged fellow councillors to back the new system at full council.
He said: “When this matter previously came before full council a year ago it was rejected – for a number of reasons – by elected members.
“Since then, the police have made it abundantly clear that it simply takes too long under the current process to suspend a licence where an activity connected to it is a public nuisance or serious threat to public safety.
“On that basis, I would urge my fellow councillors to reflect on this and back the move.”
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