Argyll and Bute’s licensing board says the number of off-sales licences in Rothesay and the area’s other main towns is an ‘area of concern’.
The board’s stance comes after outside consultants were brought in to consider whether there were too many licensed premises in Rothesay, Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban and Dunoon.
The issue of ‘over-provision’ of off-sales licences (those where alcohol is sold for consumption off the premises) will be monitored annually by the licensing board over the next three years.
But the board has decided - with the support of the Argyll and Bute Local Licensing Forum, which includes council officers, licence holders and other experts as well as councillors - that none of the aree’s five largest towns have a problem with the over-provision of licences in general.
A report by Iconic Consulting Ltd states: “Without stating there was overprovision of off-licence premises, the majority of consultees associated alcohol-related harm with such premises.”
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