Recruiting for licensing forums

Moves are under way to recruit members to Aberdeenshire’s Licensing Forums.

The council has three forums - North meets in Banff or Peterhead, Central meets in Inverurie and South meets in Stonehaven.

More young people (over 16 for the North Forum and over 18 for the Central and South Forums) as well as residents and licence holders are encouraged to join the forums to sit alongside health, education or social work professionals and a representative from Grampian Police.

South Aberdeenshire Licensing Forum convener John Kinsella said: “With recent high-profile incidents in the UK of a child being served alcohol by accident at a birthday party in a restaurant and a teenager given liquid nitrogen in a cocktail at a nightclub - it is vital that licence holders are operating responsibly.

“We know that most are doing so but the forum working alongside the board can ensure that establishments and events where alcohol is served in Aberdeenshire are run safely and responsibly. I encourage people to apply.”

The forums work to keep the operation of the Licensing Act in the area under review, give advice, make recommendations to the Licensing Board and are ultimately the community’s voice on liquor licensing issues.

For further information and an application form contact Victoria McCaskill, Corporate Services, Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB. Alternatively, call 01224 665103 or email victoria.mccaskill@aberdeenshire.gov.uk