Pubs could be shut down in licence crackdown

Pubs in the Carrick area could soon find their premises licence being suspended if they don’t comply with regulations.

That was the stark warning from South Ayrshire Council’s licensing standards officer Catrina Andrew at a meeting of the licensing board this week.

The board were told that 27 premises in South Ayrshire have not paid the annual fee for licenced premises and they are set to be the subject of a report to the board later this month.

There is no longer a ‘renewal’ of licences but the fee must be paid in order for the licence to remain ‘active’.

Licence holders who have not paid the fee were given a notice and then a reminder and finally a section 14 notice by the licensing standards officer requiring payment to be paid by Monday 3 November.

Out of the 27 premises, nine are said not to be currently trading but those that are and haven’t paid the fee are at risk of being closed for a period.

Catrina Andrew also highlighted the worrying statistics that only 307 personal licence holders in South Ayrshire have completed refreshing training out of an anticipated 663 holders.

Any personal licence holder who was issued with a licence on or before the 1st September 2009 should have completed retraining by 31st August 2014.

They are also required to provide the board with a certificate to prove training has taken place and also to hand in their original personal licence for updating.

This must be done by the 30th November so failure to comply will result in personal licences being taken away from holders.