Licensing Board: Round-up of decisions

A further 67 people have had their personal licences revoked by South Ayrshire Council as a result of strict Scottish Government guidelines.

The details were revealed at the latest meeting of the council’s licensing board on Thursday and now means that 457 people in South Ayrshire have now lost their licences due to not undertaking refresher training courses and sending relevant documentation into the council last year.

Over an astonishing 10,000 personal licence holders across Scotland have now had their licences revoked by councils who have to follow Government guidelines which say that anyone in Scotland who hasn’t undergone refresher training faces a five year ban before they can re-apply for a personal licence again.

Although the number of personal licences revoked in South Ayrshire is going down from the 263 that were reported at the January meeting of the licensing board, an alarming number of livelihoods are being put at risk.

The licensing board also heard that the Scottish Government are planning on changing the licensing laws but are waiting for powers being devolved in relation to the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to enable them to pass through more relaxed laws.

That offers “some light at the end of the tunnel” said solicitor Morag Douglas, but it might be September before the law is changed, leaving many people who wish to work in the industry in limbo until then.

l A Girvan nightclub was successful in persuading the licensing board to grant them a late licence for three separate upcoming events in the town.

Board members heard from Sandra Horne, licence holder for Le Mirage (Jesters) in Bridge Street who wished to have late licences for events on Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and during the Folk Festival from Friday 1 May-Sunday 3 May.

On Saturday 4 April (Easter Saturday), the nightclub will be hosting a fundraising event for the Hillcrest Care Home. The nightclub was granted a late licence until 3.30am having heard from Mrs Horne about the number of different events that will be going on during the evening.

A band will be starting from 8.30pm and playing for around two hours before guests will be able to sample a buffet until around 11pm.

Thereafter, an auction to raise funds for the carehome involving football tickets and memorabilia will take place before the second half of the band’s performance will last until 2am. The night will be concluded with a disco lasting until 3.30am.

On Easter Sunday, revellers who wish to enjoy the Easter weekend for a bit longer will be able to do so as Le Mirage will be licenced until 3am on the holiday of Easter Monday.

And a third licence was granted to Mrs Horne for the Folk Festival weekend which will see the nightclub open until 3.30am on Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2 and also to 3am on Sunday May 3.

l Trump Turnberry have been granted further licences to allow them to serve snacks, coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks to golfers at their golf academy as work continues apace to upgrade their clubhouse.

The resort was previously granted occasional licences under delegated powers due to the scheduling of licensing board meetings.

And Thursday’s meeting saw them grant occasional licences for the sales in periods between 16th March and 29th March, 30th March to 12th April and 13th April to 20th April. This will ensure golfers can still enjoy these services from 10am-8pm from Monday- Saturday’s and from 12pm-8pm on Sunday’s before the clubhouse re-opens on April 20.