Evening Express

Mixed reaction to plan allowing Aberdeen pubs to remain open until 3am

New proposals to allow pubs in Aberdeen city centre to stay open until 3am have received “mixed feedback”, according to a business organisation.

As revealed yesterday Aberdeen City Council has proposed to allow pubs to stay open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, with club owners arguing it would be a “fatal blow” to their industry.

The proposals, contained in the licensing board’s draft licensing policy statement, would remove the requirement for venues in the city centre to provide “significant entertainment” – such as DJs, live music or discos.

Nicola Johnston, evening and night time economy manager at business organisation Aberdeen Inspired, said she has received “mixed feedback” from levy payers.

She added: “We requested the board consider longer trading hours and later terminal hours in order that trade can respond to social trends of people going out later, and ensure there is not a ‘knock-on’ effect to nightclubs.

“In a modern thriving late-night economy diversity is paramount, this not only allows the city to attract and retain a broad spectrum of patrons but it allows the businesses to cater for a niche and thus to a greater or lesser extent the city’s premises can become complementary to one another.

“We are pleased the board recognised significant entertainment stifled the innovation of businesses and are now reviewing applications on a case by case basis.”


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Tony Cochrane, owner of TGC Leisure, which counts the Club Tropicana nightclubs among its sites, previously said the proposal could “kill off the traditional nightclub”.

Councillor Martin Greig, who sits on the local authority’s licensing board, said: “I think the licensing policy likely needs to grow with the times.

“This consultation is a means of gathering views of all types and we will listen very carefully to what the businesses say because our aim is to create an enjoyable and safe environment.”

The council is accepting feedback until October 31, with a final decision later in the year.