Edinburgh mulls cap on off-licences

31 January, 2012

Edinburgh City Council is considering capping the number of off-licences in the city.

The council has published a consultation document that says the city may be “overprovided” with off-sales, the Edinburgh Evening News has reported.

The city currently has 412 off-licences.

Councillor Marjorie Thomas, the city’s licensing leader, said: “The board is consulting with a number of stakeholders to establish if the approach to licensing off-sales in Edinburgh requires radical overhaul.”




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