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City pubs face festive closure

posted 26 Nov 2009, 04:36 by David Rintoul   [ updated 26 Nov 2009, 04:59 ]

Dozens of city pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops are set to lose the right to sell alcohol within days after falling foul of new licensing rules

Up to 55 licensed premises have failed to complete the paperwork needed to comply with laws which come into force on 1st December. Police will visit the affected premises on Tuesday to tell them to clear their shelves until they gain a new licence, which could take several months. Sources say that around 20 of those affected are city centre bars and restaurants, including some well-known "big names". The problem has arisen because of a new requirement under the Licensing Scotland Act for each business to have a designated "personal licence holder".

While 1,924 licence applications have been processed in Edinburgh, between 50 and 55 businesses have still not supplied the licensing board with the necessary information.