Licensing Crackdown on Scotland’s Booze Culture

Some of Scotland’s most popular entertainment areas face a ban on any future pubs, clubs or off-sales under ground breaking new plans to be in force by the end of the year.

Authorities in Glasgow have identified seven areas across the city considered to be at saturation point for venues selling alcohol, and are now calling for steps to be taken to stop any more licenses being issued in future. The areas include the busy Byres Road in the West End, Sauchiehall Street in the City Centre, and Shawlands on the South Side. Areas like the Saltmarket district, John Street, Paisley Road West and the Shettleston Road area are also affected. This ruling could affect supermarkets due to the alcoholic beverages in their product ranges, as well as privately owned licensed grocers in the local authority areas.

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