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“Rethink over 3am pub licenses” – Club owners tell Aberdeen Council

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“Rethink over 3am pub licenses” – Club owners tell Aberdeen Council 14th January 2019

Club owners have called on Aberdeen Council to rethink its decision to let pubs to stay open until 3am.

Nightclub owners in the city said the move could see the closure of clubs in the city as they have to compete with pubs.

Steve Morris, from The Tunnels nightclub and a member of The Aberdeen Licensed Trade Association (Alta) said: “"My main concern is that if the bars are open later, people are just going to sit in bars longer and the people who are putting on good entertainment like ourselves are going to feel the people not coming down.

"We do rely on that one o'clock rush."

Nicola Johnston, Aberdeen's night time economy manager, said officials were working closely with venue operators as the changes are brought in.

She added: "This new policy will allow Aberdeen to diversify its nightlife, diversify its offering in the evening be it hospitality, leisure or entertainment, and allow us to be an attractive, progressive city centre."

The new regulations will be rolled out in the coming weeks and a request for an urgent meeting with the licensing board is to be considered.

Source: STV

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