Good news for night owls

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A CITY-WIDE overhaul of licensing hours could mean huge changes for the southside’s late-night social scene.

If the proposal goes ahead, late night premises opening hours across the city (including nightclubs such as The Shed) would extend to 3am.

While city centre pubs would be allowed to remain open till 1am, bars outwith the city centre would continue to close at midnight.

Kilmarnock Road and Paisley Road West would no longer be considered “over-provision areas” meaning a licence applicant in either area would no longer need to provide exceptional reasons for why a licence should be awarded.

The consultation will run till October 31 this year and a final policy statement is expected to be published by the end of November.

Public relations manager at The Shed, Denise Irvine, told The Extra: “It will be a good thing for Shawlands’ regeneration.

“Hopefully it will keep people in the southside.”

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle added: “Nightclubs should be allowed open till 3am. If this was approved it would also benefit the new cinema which will hopefully open in Shawlands.

“We need regeneration and economic development in the area and this proposal could help.”

However, a Langside councillor has her doubts, despite believing the proposal to be a “sound one in principle”.

Susan Aitken said: “It doesn’t mean that commercial considerations should or will outweigh the potential impact on local residents. I will certainly be looking for assurances that every appropriate measure is taken to protect my constituents before any late licence application is 
granted.”