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Cowgate & Grassmarket 'needs more bars'

posted 28 Sep 2010, 13:55 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Sep 2010, 14:08 ]

Pub bosses today called for licensing chiefs to allow more pubs and clubs in the Cowgate and Grassmarket.

A new revised policy from Edinburgh's licensing board states that there remains an "overprovision" of pubs and clubs in the area and that there is a "presumption against" any further licences being issued.

But the Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) claims that no evidence has been provided to show why the board is continuing the policy. It said that the total number of pubs across Edinburgh has declined by 14 per cent in the last three years - and claimed there is now nowhere in the city where there is still an overprovision.

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