Search underway for next generation of South Ayrshire Licensing Forum

People interested in helping to shape the way alcohol is sold in South Ayrshire and its impact on communities are being urged to sign-up to the local Licensing Forum.

The Forum is currently looking for multiple new members to play an active role in shaping licensing policy in South Ayrshire.

There are currently seven places available with the Forum recruiting for two trade representatives, two people to represent young people, two members of the public and one person with a background in the emergency services.

All members need to be enthusiastic, committed and interested in licensing issues and the impact these have on local people – no particular qualifications are required although the Forum is particularly keen to hear from young people and from those involved in the emergency services.

The Forum meets four times a year and provides a link between communities and the South Ayrshire Licensing Board, presenting ideas, making suggestions and contributing feedback for consideration by the Board in local decision making.

Councillor Craig Mackay, Chair of South Ayrshire Licensing Board said this was a great opportunity to make a difference, “We’re committed to reducing poverty and disadvantage and shaping the way alcohol is sold and used plays an important role in communities across South Ayrshire.

“For the Forums work to be effective we need the right mix of people and use their experience to make informed choices in this important area.

“There are a number of positions available on the Licensing Forum for people from a wide range of backgrounds and I’d ask anyone with an interest in this area to consider getting in touch to find out what’s involved.”

Paul Zive, Chair of the Forum said, "Licensed Premises have a place in our communities and contribute to our local economy, which means that it’s important that peoples’ views are heard on licensing issues.

“As a member of the South Ayrshire Local Licensing Forum, I understand how important it is that the impact of the Licensing Board’s decisions, are considered by people from a number of different backgrounds.

“Members don’t need experience, just a willingness to express their views and represent their community.”

If you are interested please return this completed form to Licensing, South Ayrshire Council, County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR or email: no later than Friday, 7 December, 2018.

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