Licensing Board hears from the public on new policy statement

A range of businesses, community groups, police and health services have had their say on Edinburgh Licensing Board’s Statement of Licensing Policy, which sets out how it will consider applications for licensed premises in the city.

An in-depth consultation has involved interested parties in the preparation of the new policy statement, which details the various matters the Board must take into account when considering liquor licensing in Edinburgh.

These cover a number of topics, including the licensing of pop-up bars, extending hours for special events and overprovision of licensed premises.

During the first part of the consultation process, the Board has held extensive hearings with stakeholders, as well as a workshop on the topic of overprovision, encouraging discussion on relevant matters.

Views will help inform a draft version of its policy statement, to be published in July, when further comment from a broad range of interested parties will be invited.

Councillor Norman Work, Convener of the Licensing Board, said: “It has been extremely heartening to see so much engagement in the consultation process, and the Board has benefited from a wide range of good quality contributions from people with a genuine interest in the alcohol licensing policy.  We look forward to this continuing as we move into the next part of the consultation process, to ensure the final version of the Board’s policy is up to the challenges that licensing the sale of alcohol in Edinburgh will face, over the next five years.”

The Board, which sits separately from the Council and is responsible for regulating the sale of alcohol to the public, must agree and publish a new policy by late 2018.

Find out more about the consultation on the Council website.

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