Councillors criticised over new license approval

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Councillors have been accused of “driving a coach and horses” although a brand new coverage – which is “not well worth the paper it’s written on” after a store will start to promote alcohol regardless of fears raised by police and NHS Lothian.

The Licensing Board authorised an software for Canongate Shops  to promote alcohol in one of many capital’s new areas of ‘over-provision’.

In November, the board agreed to “create a rebuttable presumption towards the grant of latest premises licences, provisional premises licences and main variations to extend capability of premises” in massive areas of the capital, together with the town centre.

The appliance by Thunraj Singh was authorised, however administration won’t be allowed to promote  beers, lagers or ciders of six per cent quantity or stronger, following the considerations of police and well being bosses.

Alistair Macdonald, representing Mr Singh, stated: “It’s very unhappy that the Royal Mile, with all of the vacationers it attracts from everywhere in the world, doesn’t have an off-license to promote miniature bottles of whisky as souvenirs to guests.
“It’s a small store geared toward vacationers. It’s so as to add to the vary as a result of what vacationers search for is miniatures.”

Cllr Steve Burgess

Cllr Steve Burgess referred to as for the applying to be turned down after Police Scotland and NHS Lothian objected to the proposals.

He stated: “I believe that proof from the police and NHS offers grounds for us to refuse this software.

“I’m extraordinarily involved a coach and horses is being pushed via the licensing board presumption towards new licences in areas of over-provision of alcohol.”

Conservative Cllr Joanna Mowat, who represents the town centre, added: “The miniatures that they are going to be promoting are engaging exactly to the individuals
we are attempting to guard.”

The board insists an space of over-provision does imply a blanket ban on new licence purposes.

Cllr Norrie Work

Cllr Norman Work, Licensing Board convener, stated: “Whereas the areas of over-provision had been lately prolonged to cowl the Canongate, the coverage permits licence purposes to be granted the place they don’t undermine licensing aims, and the place premises will fill a spot in present provision, as was thought of to be the case on this occasion.”

Following the choice, Cllr Burgess added: “After a really lengthy interval of public session and deliberation, my colleagues on the licensing board agreed to a presumption towards any extra licences to promote alcohol in sure components of the town which have excessive ranges of alcohol associated crime and hurt to well being.  After the approval of a brand new off-license and in addition a pub opening at 9am, each within the Canongate, this new coverage shouldn’t be well worth the paper it’s written on.

“The brand new off-license was objected to by the police, NHS Lothian and even council licensing officers however a majority of the board and even convenor Cllr Work turned a deaf ear. This doesn’t bode properly for a board that’s imagined to be serving to defend public well being and stop crime and dysfunction.”

Ward Cllr Claire Miller has additionally criticised the choice. She stated: “The Holyrood and Canongate space is a focus for a large number of susceptible individuals with alcohol dependancy.

“Throughout my work within the ward I see that it’s genuinely dangerous for individuals who have complicated well being and social conditions to supply extra licensed premises and to start promoting alcohol even earlier within the morning. We’re failing probably the most susceptible individuals in our society, and the board should discover the braveness to show down purposes that may hurt well being and wellbeing.”

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