No objections as Rathen Hall gets its licence

Rathen's Public Hall.
Rathen's Public Hall.

Banff and Buchan councillors agreed unanimously to award the Rathen Public Hall with an entertainment licence last week.

One objector to the licence, a Rathen local, had been requested to attend the area committee, but did not.

The objection related to litter in and around the public hall which was alleged to have an adverse impact on the objector’s property.

As a result, Fraserburgh and district councillor Charles Buchan asked Robert Watson, representing the Rathen Public hall Committee, if they had received any complaints in the past about litter from the hall, to which Mr Watson was unaware of any being received.

Councillor Ian Tait, also Fraserburgh and district, suggested that the Public Hall Committee have a conversation with the objector to allay any fears they may have about the licence being awarded, something which Mr Watson had no objection to.

The report presented to councillors last week revealed that consultees for the licence included the chief constable, firemaster, planning services, environmental health, and the building standards service, none of whom had any “adverse observations” in respect of the application.

A show of hands unanimously awarded the Rathen Public Hall with their entertainment licence, with no councillors objecting to the application. The public hall may now be used as a place for public entertainment, where members of public may use the facilities for recreation.