Coun­cil to vote on new li­cence pow­ers

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - Home&abroad -

PRO­POS­ALS to al­low An­gus 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.”

Kirsty man­aged to shed four stone after join­ing Slim­ming World.

Coun­cil­lor Craig Fother­ing­ham

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