East Dunbartonshire Licensing Board is bringing in additional criteria to help ensure safety and prevent public nuisance.
At a meeting on Friday (17 September), the Board agreed to adopt a Supplementary Statement of Licensing Policy – setting out criteria it will consider when licensed premises apply for later opening hours on a Friday and Saturday, including:
- Ongoing employee training and social responsibility, including late night transport arrangements for employees
- CCTV and stewarding provision throughout the premises
- First aid provision and facilities
- Availability of written policies and procedures for customer safety, including search policies and the approach taken to patrons who have become unwell or who are vulnerable
- The nature and extent of entertainment provided after midnight.
Under the current Policy, local premises have been able to apply for a late night licence to trade until 1am on a Friday and Saturday.
Councillor Jim Gibbons, Convener of the Licensing Board, said, "I am pleased we have been able to approve the new Supplementary Statement of Licensing Policy - following a period of consultation with the trade and public - and hope it will help to reassure employees, patrons and the wider community.
"It includes a requirement for licence holders to consider staff returning home safely after the premises have closed, when transport options may be more limited - tying in with the 'Safe Home' campaign.
"Each application will continue to be considered on its own merits, but the Supplementary Statement will help to provide additional guidance for the trade as we continue to work together to ensure vibrant late night entertainment in East Dunbartonshire which is safe for all."