An Aberdeen pub has been given consent to remove bouncers from its doors from Sunday to Thursday due to falling numbers of weekday revellers.
The Justice Mill applied to change city rules which state it has to have bouncers at its premises from 11pm onwards each day throughout the week.
Aberdeen City Council licensing board unanimously approved the variation of premises licence, which will allow the pub to remove security staff for the majority of the week.
Speaking before the licensing board, legal agent for the venue Archie McIvor said door staff are “standing there clicking their heels” as weekdays are no longer busy in the city.
The lawyer said figures from the past month reveal the average amount of people in the pub after 11pm on a Sunday was just 39.
On a Monday an average of 28 people were in the pub, with averages of 39 people on a Tuesday, 46 on a Wednesday and 68 on a Thursday.
The venue, which is owned by JD Wetherspoon, currently employs two stewards between Sunday and Wednesday and three stewards on a Thursday – historically viewed as a busier night.
They have six door staff on Friday and Saturday nights.
Addressing Councillor Ian Yuill’s concerns that large groups of punters could suddenly appear on a week day, Mr McIvor said: “If there was something like a football match on a Wednesday, stewards would be put on.”
NHS Grampian objected to the move over the “risk” it could pose to revellers.