Have your say on licensing overprovision

Wednesday October 28th 2015

Midlothian’s Licensing Board and Forum are inviting the public to have their say on licensing overprovision.

Overprovision is where there are too many licensed premises selling alcohol in one particular area.

Under legislation, the board is required to assess overprovision as part of its policy for the next three years.

Now, the public are being asked to complete a survey, in return for a chance to win £50.

Working with NHS Lothian and Police Scotland, the board have produced figures which profile each area, and the level of harm caused by alcohol.

For example, in Dalkeith there were 162 patients hospitalised in 2011/12 with alcohol related conditions – while this figure dropped to 77 patients in the Newbattle and Dalhousie area.

Councillor Bob Constable, chair of the Midlothian licensing board, said: “This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on a key issue for many local people. I would encourage everyone who lives in Midlothian to get involved and help shape our policy over the next three years.”

The public consultation is open until November 26.

The survey is available at www.midlothian.gov.uk/licensing-forum or in local libraries, receptions and waiting rooms.

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