Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Consultation Begins On Night Club Door Entry Policy

29th July 2012

The Highland Licensing Board is consulting widely over a review of its policy governing door entry to night clubs (commonly called a curfew), which requires admission by midnight. The Board invites representations on whether the policy should continue and, if so, whether it should be extended throughout the Highlands.

The deadline for responses is 5 pm on Friday 14 September 2012. Evidence in support of responses is encouraged and should be sent to Alaisdair Mackenzie, Clerk to the Licensing Board, Tigh na Sgire, Park Lane, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9GP. E-mail: alaisdair.mackenzie[AT]highland.gov.uk. Telephone: 01478 613826

Representations are welcomed on any aspect but the Board asks that consideration be given to responses including answers to the following questions:

Does the Policy promote any of the licensing objectives and, if so, in what way?
Would removal of the Policy mean that the Board was failing to promote the licensing objectives and, if so, why?
Are the reasons for introducing the policy still relevant and, if so, why?
If the Policy is retained should it be extended throughout all or only certain parts of the Highlands and, if so, why?
Licensing Board Chairman, Councillor Maxine Smith recalled that in 2003, Northern Constabulary approached the then Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Licensing Board with a proposal to introduce a door entry policy in Inverness city centre to separate the operation of night clubs (those premises with licensed hours after 1am until 3am) from public houses and restaurants. The proposal was to introduce a local licensing condition requiring night club patrons to be inside those premises by midnight after which time no further admittance would be given.

She said: "The idea of the policy was to provide a watershed in the city's night time economy allowing the dispersal of patrons from public houses and restaurant venues closing at 1am before the exodus from the night clubs some 2 hours later. This allowed for less pressure on taxis and public transport and also lessened the burden on police resources dedicated to the city centre.

"The last time this was considered by the Highland Licensing Board on 12 January 2011 the position of Northern Constabulary was that the policy had allowed for more effective policing of Inverness city centre. Many licence holders were used to the arrangements and it was the collective view of the Inverness Pub Watch, which represented 32 licensed premises within the city centre, that the policy performed an important role in the community safety of the city centre and they wished it maintained.

"There were contrary views held by some operators who felt they were disadvantaged in that between 11pm and midnight they witnessed an exodus of customers heading for the night clubs. The matter was aired by the Board in 2010 and again last year.

"It is really important that we hear from as many interested parties as possible in reviewing the policy on door entry to night clubs. Evidence will be given greater weight if the response is detailed, setting out the pros and cons of the argument."


Review of Door Entry Policy for premises with late night opening (65kb pdf)
http://www.highland.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/3B517D53-2A21-4873-9B17-6D5CC805883D/0/Doorentrycondition.pdf

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

26/9/2016
Changes to parking fine enforcement in HighlandThumbnail for article : Changes to parking fine enforcement in Highland
The Highland Council will be taking over responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions across the whole of the Highlands from Monday 3 October 2016.   Money raised through Penalty Charge Notices will be spent on maintaining this new service.  
22/9/2016
Council awards new ICT Contract To Gain £11 Million of SavingsThumbnail for article : Council awards new ICT Contract To Gain £11 Million of Savings
The Highland Council has awarded a 7 year ICT Services contract to WIPRO Holdings UK Ltd.   The Council has procured a cost effective, value for money, corporate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solution that will deliver excellent operational performance and contribute to the continuous improvement of services.  
22/9/2016
Wick Campus Delay Until 2017
At a Wick stakeholders meeting held on Monday 19 September at Wick High School, representatives from Hub North Scotland and Morrison Construction gave an update on reasons for the delay and outlined a revised programme for the Wick campus delivery.   The meeting was chaired by Highland Councillor for Wick Bill Fernie who expressed the Council's disappointment at the delay, and re-stated the Council's priorities to ensure that the flagship facility is completed to the standard expected, and accepting handover only at that point.  
18/9/2016
Leader of The Highland Council writes letter to support Fort George
Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson (Independent Councillor) has written to The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, to express her concerns about the future of Fort George.   In her letter she said: "I am deeply concerned at the continued uncertainty around the future of Fort George as an active military barracks.  
17/9/2016
Council highlights changes to Public Entertainment licences
The Highland Licensing Committee has agreed changes to the activities which are required to have a public entertainment licence so the Highland Council is advising community groups, members of the public, event organisers, charities and businesses to make sure they are aware of the different requirements so not to face the disappointment of having their event or activity cancelled.   In particular organisers of public Hogmanay events are being asked to check if their event now falls within the revised definition and, if so, they are being encouraged to submit their applications early.  
17/9/2016
Council addresses issues with new Inverness Royal Academy
The Highland Council has informed staff, parents and pupils of ongoing issues with the new Inverness Royal Academy building and the actions being taken to address them.   The Council is working with, Hub North Scotland Limited, Morrison Construction and its sub-contractors, to resolve issues which include: problems with the school's gas installations and the impact this is having on some classes; intermittent power and ICT issues; and management of pupil flow during lunch breaks.  
17/9/2016
Environmental Health Service follows up on Errignton cheese ban
Officers from the Environmental Health Service have been contacting food businesses, retailers, suppliers and hoteliers across the Highlands following the Food Standards Scotland ban of cheese made by Errington Cheese Ltd, which has been linked to an E.coli 0157 outbreak in which a three year old child died.   The recent cheese ban relates to Dunsyre Blue, Dunsyre Baby, Lanark Blue, Lanark White, Maisies Kebbuck, Cora Linn and Sir Lancelot.  
16/9/2016
Council consults on decriminalised parking enforcement
The Highland Council is seeking public opinion on Draft Traffic Regulation Orders for the introduction of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) in the Highlands.   The Draft Traffic Regulation Orders are available now on the council's website at www.highland.gov.uk/parking www.highland.gov.uk/parking The public have until 30 September 2016 to submit any objections in writing to The Legal Manager, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX Decriminalised Parking Enforcement will allow responsibility for enforcing parking and waiting and loading regulations to be transferred from Police Scotland to The Highland Council.  
16/9/2016
Councillor Bill Fernie Endorses Support To Charities After Televisions Siezed
A number of televisions seized by Trading Standards have been sent to a local charity for recycling.   The televisions were amongst several items that Trading Standards Officers have seized over recent months.  
13/9/2016
School decisions to be taken at school level
Schools will be empowered to make more decisions about their pupils' learning, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said today.   In a statement to the Scottish Parliament Mr Swinney announced a major review into the way Scotland's schools are run, which places at its heart the presumption that decisions will be devolved to school level.  

[Printer Friendly Version]