MORE than 50 businesses could be stripped of their alcohol licence after failing to pay their fees.
A total of 52 premises will face Aberdeenshire Council’s licensing board in December, after they failed to renew their licences on time.
The licence review is believed to be one of the largest crackdowns of its kind in Scotland.
The board has a list of options to consider, including suspension or revoking a premise’s licence.
It comes after the holders were sent letters by the council advising they had to pay their fees by October 1.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “It is a mandatory condition of all premises’ licences that they have to pay their fee by October 1 and if they paid on or after that date then the board are entitled to review.”
The under-fire businesses include a mixture of clubs, pubs, restaurants and off licensed premises.