Friday, 20 February 2009
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill
visits South Ayrshire Licensing Forum
THE Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP met members of the South Ayrshire Licensing Board, and others with an interest in Licensing matters, at South Ayrshire Council’s Headquarters in Ayr.
[Pictured: The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP is welcomed to South Ayrshire Council’s headquarters by Councillor Douglas Campbell, Chair of the South Ayrshire Licensing Board. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The Chair of South Ayrshire Licensing Board, Councillor Douglas Campbell welcomed the Minister and said: “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill found time in his busy schedule to come to South Ayrshire and talk to Board members, members of the Licensing forum, representatives of the licensed trade and some members of staff about licensing matters.
“It gave everyone a chance to hear first hand how implementing the new legislation is progressing nationally, as we are still in a transition phase until the new licensing system comes fully into effect on 1 September 2009.
The Minister talked about:
1. The new licensing system.
2. How it is being handled.
3. Any difficulties that have been overcome/may arise in the future.
4. South Ayrshire Licensing Board’s Draft Code of Practice for off-sales.
5. Irresponsible promotions in off-sales.
Speaking about his visit Kenny MacAskill said: “All too often crime and antisocial behaviour are fuelled by too much alcohol. It’s not the drink it’s how we’re drinking it. I am committed to taking action to address Scotland’s battle with the bottle and some of the measures in the Licensing Act will help us do so.
“I understand that South Ayrshire Licensing Board have taken common sense approach to helping licensees through the process. That’s why I was keen to take this opportunity to visit and to find out more about how they have found the process so far.
“I’d also like to thank the staff of the board for the great work they’ve been doing to help make sure the transition goes as effectively as possible. One of the advantages of the Act is that the whole ethos of it is to allow local boards to do what’s right for their own area, and it’s great to see boards taking advantage of this.”
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