Aberdeen nightclub lodges plans for 4am opening

The College bar and Babylon have both applied to extend their hours

Police have warned granting an Aberdeen nightclub a 4am licence may ultimately hit the force’s finances.

Babylon on Alford Place wants extended opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays, while the neighbouring The College bar has applied for an extension until 2am.

Babylon’s bid comes months after a similar request by Redemption on Belmont Street for a 4am licence. Currently, all city nightclubs close at 3am.

Aberdeen’s licensing board will vote on the proposals on Tuesday.

Paul Clarkson, a director of PB Devco, which owns both Babylon and The College, today said the proposed changes are to ensure survival in the economic climate. But police say it will mean a need for more city officers.

In a letter to the board, Chief Constable Philip Gormley said: “Police Scotland regularly deploys in excess of 30 additional officers on Friday and Saturday nights to police Aberdeen city centre and the wider night-time economy.

“Any change to the operating hours for the applicant premises, or any similar premises, to beyond this time, would impact upon the deployment of police resources which will, in turn, have financial implications.

“Were the board to grant this application, it would set a precedent and is likely to result in other, similar premises seeking similar variations.”

Mr Clarkson said: “Due to the current climate and change in drinking trend and a way of survival we want to do something a bit different.

“It would be better if police had more communication with the licensing trade.

“We should be trying to help each other out.”