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Arts venues divided over late licence

posted 11 Sep 2009, 05:36 by David Rintoul   [ updated 11 Sep 2009, 05:41 ]

Plans to extend the licence of a takeaway creperie have divided the Capital's arts community.

Jean-Francois Toulouze has applied for a new street trader's licence for his French Connection stall on Lothian Road.

The move has been opposed by Usher Hall general manager Karl Chapman, who said it should be rejected for "practical reasons", relating to streetscape work for the redevelopment of the venue.

However, Linda Crooks, administrative producer of the Lyceum Theatre, said she had no problems with the application, adding that in 15 years of trading, Mr Toulouze has "maintained a high level of cleanliness". And Gwen Orr, theatre manager at the Traverse Theatre, said the stall has "never given the Traverse any concerns regarding obstruction or cleanliness".

The stall would be open from 8am until 2am on weekdays and until 3am at weekends.

A decision is due to be made at the licensing sub-committee of the regulatory committee today.

Source: Evening News

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