Highlands & Islands

'Cinderella curfew' ends for 13 Highland venues

Highland Council's "Cinderella curfew" that required 13 pubs and nightclubs to refuse entry to people after midnight has been abolished.

Earlier this month, Highland Licensing Board agreed to end the door entry policy .

The rule had applied to venues in Aviemore, Dingwall, Inverness and Thurso.

The licensing board has altered the night spots' licences to reflect the end of the policy introduced in 2003.

The venues which had their terms amended were Johnny Foxes/The Den, Vinyl and Play, Hush, Miami, Karma Lounge, Cake, Hootananny/Sofa Bar and Ironworks in Inverness.

Winking Owl and Vault in Aviemore, Skinandi's and The Newmarket Bar in Thurso and The Picture House in Dingwall.

Laughing stock

The restriction was put in place as a way of managing night-time economies and policing, and easing pressure on taxi ranks.

The police wanted the current rules to remain, but opponents said that they made the Highlands a laughing stock.

Highland Licensing Board agreed in June to review its door entry policy and sought views from the public.

Fifty-nine responses were received during the public consultation.

Thirty-eight respondents supported removal of, or changes to, the curfew. Sixteen respondents said it should be retained as it is, or in a slightly altered form, while five were neutral or had no comment to make on the policy.

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