Scottish Borders Licensing Board has agreed to revoke the licence of the Queen’s Head public house in Selkirk after board members heard that the current licence-holder, Dolcas Ltd, was dissolved in March of this year and that no licence fee had been paid.
The empty pub is also currently the subject of a major Police Scotland enquiry regarding the discovery last month of a large quantity of marijuana.
In other board business – heard on Friday – several licence holders were cited to appear on Friday for not paying their premises’ licence fees on time.
In the event, late payment was received in respect of Mambo Italiano in Lauder, Spice of India in Galashiels, the Empress of India Tandoor in Kelso and the Clovenfords Village Shop.
However, warning letters have been issued to these licensees to ensure that there is prompt payment of licence fees in the future.
But with no payment as yet received, the board agreed to suspend the premises licence, from November 28, of the Ercildoune Masonic Club in Earlston.
Other suspensions were also confirmed for two premises which are no longer trading – these being Fiore’s restaurant at Douglas Bridge, in Galashiels, and the Chinatown restaurant situated in the Horsemarket, in Kelso.
However, on a more positive note, the board agreed to issue a provisional licence for the sale of alcohol to James and Donna Paterson of the Borders Food Hall Ltd for the vacant premises located at 11 Market Street, in Galashiels.
The new business will comprise a delicatessen and a 44-seat bistro/restaurant which will be permitted to sell drink until midnight.