Are there too many pubs and clubs in Midlothian?

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Midlothian’s Licensing Board is inviting the public to have their say on licensing overprovision.

Overprovision is where there are too many licensed premises selling alcohol in one particular area.

Under legislation, the board are required to assess overprovision as part of its policy for the next three years.

Now, the public are to have their say on an online survey – available on the council’s website.

Working with NHS Lothian and Police Scotland, the board have produced figures which profile each area, and the level of harm caused by alcohol.

For example, in Dalkeith there were 162 patients hospitalised in 2011/12 with alcohol related conditions – while this figure dropped to 77 patients in the Newbattle and Dalhousie area.

Midlothian Licensing Board chairman Councillor Bob Constable said: “We are opening up this consultation so everyone can have their say. I would encourage everyone who lives in Midlothian to get involved and help shape our policy over the next three years.”

The public consultation is open until 30 April 30.

For the survey, please click here