Midlothian licence dilemma as cup final looms

Contingency plans have been put in place by Midlothian Licensing Board to deal with any controversial applications in the coming weeks.

New board members are expected to be appointed by Midlothian Council later this month following today’s (Thursday) elections.

However, the forthcoming Scottish Cup final between Hearts and Hibs on May 19 could see a number of amendments to local licences, which will require to be considered – but there will be no board ready to take the decisions.

Under the new licensing legislation, all members, even if they were on the board before, will be required to undergo training before they can sit in judgement.

Outlining the situation, board clerk Alan Turpie explained: “You stop being councillors until the results are declared and you also stop being members of the licensing board. The next licensing board will be appointed at the council meeting on May 22.

“But you cannot act until you have gone through the training. You must go through it again. You won’t have any licencing board members until June at the earliest.”

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