Published on August 25th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
Parents object to early pub licence
The new owners of the Central Bar in Portobello’s High Street have sent an application to the council for the pubs licence hours to begin at 7am. Parents are concerned that their children will be subjected to drunks hanging around the pub while the children are on their way to school. The last two licensees have both lost their licences for the pub because of the problems that had been caused for the residents. Another pub just a short distance away already opens its doors to early morning drinkers.
Edinburgh’s licensing laws changed 3 years ago to stipulate that a pub can open for no more than 15 hours in any day. At the time, it was feared this would affect the shift workers who liked a drink at the end of their shift, but it seems that many pubs are still adopting the early morning trend.
Maureen Child, a Portobello Councillor, has herself objected, saying: “what sort of market are they trying to appeal to?” She also added that early morning drinking was not a good message to send out to children.
The pub’s licence application is going to be considered at a meeting on 27 August before Edinburgh’s Licensing Board.