I discussed before the frustration of responsible local publicans by new licensing regulation in the Calvinist Republic of Scotland. In 2009, the Sinclair Bay Hotel in Keiss was forced to suspend temporarily the sale of alcoholic beverages because of the failure of the licensing board to submit their application in time.
Now, this week’s Caithness Courier reports on another hurdle being placed on all local licensed businesses – including cab-drivers and others – who will now have to travel to Inverness for quarterly reviews.
All sub-region bodies in Ross, Skye and Lochaber, and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey as well as Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross are being disbanded. Thurso Councillor, John Rosie said:
“In a few years, we’ve gone from having our own area committees to Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross committees to Highland committees. This is another hammer blow for local democracy.
“By this further centralisation we’ve ended up in the absurd situation where councillors in the two largest towns in the region do not have a say in the licensing affairs of their communities.”