Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Scots challenge foolish licensing change
Hundreds of artists in Edinburgh are planning a day of "artistic disobedience" on April Fools’ Day in opposition to new licensing rules due to be introduced in the city. As previously reported, new licensing regulations will expand the number of live events that need to apply for a licence from city authorities, including free events. Ironically the Scottish move comes as the new Live Music Act becomes law in England and Wales which substantially removes licensing obligations from smaller music events which were introduced by the 2003 Licensing Act.
And one community group has criticised a Scottish council after it was told it would need a public entertainment licence for a children's Easter egg hunt. Myra Carus, of Rosemarkie Amenities Association, told BBC Radio Scotland that it was ridiculous the group was having to shell out £153 for a free community event. Highland Council said charges for some free events would be required from April due to changes in legislation.