Glasgow Club Closing Times Could be Pushed to 4 am
Glasgow Club Closing Times – GLASGOW’S nightclubs could stay open until 4am under fresh plans unveiled by the city council.
Licensing chiefs are considering trialling later opening hours for clubs that can demonstrate a ‘positive contribution’ to the city’s night time economy and an ‘excellent’ safety record.
The city’s night-time economy generates £2.16bn and supports around 16,600 jobs.
Factors the licensing board could take into account, according to the council, include investment in safety and security and commitment to staff training.
Other proposals on the table include allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to stay in licensed premises until 11pm.
Matt Kerr, Chair of the Licensing Board, said: “We listened very carefully to the submissions we received about the importance of the night-time economy to the city centre. There’s also a strong view that a more European approach would avoid the rush to consume alcohol before closing time that then spills out on to our city centre streets.
“We want to support the licensed trade as much as we can while also ensuring we still provide the safeguards expected of us by the licensing legislation.
“By potentially granting licences until 4am while demanding the highest possible standards from licence holders we are striking the right balance between the licence trade and the needs of the wider community.
“It’s very important to stress that this is still a proposal and that in any event, 4am closing would still be the subject a pilot programme that will draw in evidence from the likes of the police and the health service. We want feedback from as many people as possible on this proposal and others in the draft policy statement before reaching a final position. It’s essential our policies are shaped by Glasgow as a whole.”
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Source: The Evening Times