Dispute over crime linked to booze in Dalkeith

Councillor Alex Bennett, who feels licensed premises like the County Hotel are needed to help attract visitors to the town.

Councillor Alex Bennett, who feels licensed premises like the County Hotel are needed to help attract visitors to the town.

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An overprovision of licensed premises in the Dalkeith area has been blamed for a spike in alcohol-related crime and hospital admissions.

Midlothian Licensing Board has agreed that the locality is an “area of concern”.

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With seven councillors deciding that there is currently an overprovision, the board has declared that there should now be a presumption against licenses and applications for additional capacity in the Dalkeith area, unless a licensee can make a convincing case for why a license is required.

But Dalkeith councillor Alex Bennett (Lab), along with Councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab), disagreed, adding: “I don’t see any case for an overprovision in Dalkeith because in the last 10-20 years at least ten public houses have shut, including the Cross Keys and Lothian hotels. Dalkeith attracts people from all over the county and if we are trying to promote places like the Country Park then there must be pubs and restaurants for people to go to.”

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