The new cinema and music venue Mareel should stick to core licensing hours for the sale of alcohol, Lerwick Community Council agreed at its meeting this week.
The venue had asked to be allowed to extend licensing hours until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, but the community council opted to keep Mareel’s hours the same as other licensed premises in the town, with the closing time of 1am. Only nightclubs are allowed to sell alcohol until 2am.
Mareel’s licensing hours for its provisional premises licence are likely be 11am to 1am, seven days a week, for sales on the premises, and 11am to 10pm for off-sales, seven days a week.
Community council member Gussie Angus recommended approving this, the current policy, and was seconded by member Averil Simpson.
Member Cecil Smith said that if Mareel wanted an extension to those times the application would have to go before the licensing board.
In an ensuing discussion, member Kathy Greaves questioned whether unaccompanied children, possibly going to the venue for music tuition, would be admitted to drinking areas. She asked for more specific information, and also queried the outdoor facilities.
Member Michael Peterson said that if drinkers took drinks outside he would recommend cardboard or paper containers.