Aberdeen nightclub’s bid to open until 4am rejected

Redemption, previously known as The Priory, has shut down.

A plan has been rejected which would have seen a nightclub open until 4am.

Owners of Redemption in Belmont Street, Epic Group, applied to Aberdeen City Council to extend their weekend opening times by an hour.

But members of the local authority’s licensing board rejected the move five votes to one, with NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and the City Centre Community Council all objecting to the proposal.

Fears had been raised on the impact a later licence would have on health, safety and the public purse.

Representing the owners, solicitor Andrew Thomson said: “This city grants later licences to casinos, 5am on Friday and Saturday, 4am through the week.

“Don’t believe for a minute all people are going for gambling – they’re going to have a drink and socialise. There’s a crisis unfolding in terms of the oil and gas industry – that has a knock-on effect to the time economy.

“There is hope out there with lots of people who want to do all they can to bring a sense of life back to Aberdeen city centre.”

He pointed to changes to alcohol legislation making it cheaper to drink indoors before going out, as well as more “hybrid” bars opening, with later opening times, as having an impact on the nightclub scene.

Councillor Ian Yuill lodged a motion to reject the proposal as, under licensing board policy, only under exceptional circumstances should opening hours be extended, which he claimed did not exist.