Aberdeen gin distillery gets licence despite NHS concerns

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The owners of a soon-to-be-opened gin distillery have praised a council decision to give them a licence – despite concerns raised by the NHS.

An application to convert one of the vacant C-listed arches on Palmerston Road as the new City of Aberdeen Distillery was approved in January.

But health chiefs raised their concerns in a letter to the licensing board, asking how the booze would be distributed outwith the city and how the producers would make sure the bottles were not sold to children.

But solicitor Janet Hood represented the distillery owners at the hearing and hit out at the NHS letter – saying few children would seek to buy it due to its high cost and the need for card sales.

Committee convener Marie Boulton said concerns about deliveries would have to be tackled by the NHS at a “higher level” and moved to grant the application which was supported unanimously.