Deadline extended for Licensing Forum applications

 06 September 2016  |  

A call's being made for three people to come forward and help shape the work of the Licensing Forum. South Ayrshire Council is looking for representatives from the licensed trade, emergency services or hospital sector (with experience of dealing with the problems caused or contributed to by alcohol) and young people. The deadline has been extended until Friday September 30.

The Licensing Forum was established in July 2007 and has been regularly feeding views and opinions to the South Ayrshire Licensing Board as required by its statutory remit. Statute specifies that the membership of the Licensing Forum should include:

  • Holders of premises and personal licenses
  • The Chief Constable
  • Persons having functions relating to health, education and social work
  • Young people
  • Persons resident in the area
  • Licensing Standards Officer

Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment, said, "The Licensing Forum plays an influential role and its important its membership fully represents the views and expertise of the people of South Ayrshire.

"We're specifically looking for candidates to represent the licensed trade, health, and young people, and would urge anyone with suitable experience to get in touch and get involved.

"By filling these positions with suitable candidates the forum will be well placed to evolve, with fresh ideas helping to inform the Licensing Board about changing public priorities in the years ahead."

Rachael Rennie, Manager at the Parkstone Hotel in Prestwick currently sits on the Forum. She said anyone looking to get involved would gain a lot from the experience, "I'd never been involved in a forum like this before so didn't know what to expect.

"It's a great place to share views and voice concerns on issues which affect us all in the local community."

Applications must be received by Friday September 30. For further information please