Hawick club to return to 2am curfew

A nightclub must stop selling alcohol until 3am at weekends following a small increase in antisocial behaviour within a 200-metre radius of the premises during a trial period of the extended hours.

After considering complaints from nine local residents and the owners of a nearby sheltered housing complex, Scottish Borders Licensing Board voted on Friday to restrict the sale of drink at the Base nightspot in Hawick to 2am on Friday and Saturday. The extension had been granted last May on a temporary basis with incidents around the Baker Street venue monitored.

A report from the Safer Communities Unit revealed there had been 60 antisocial behaviour incidents in the eight months to January 31, 2015, compared to 57 in the corresponding period of 2013/2014.

Of the new incidents, 46 were said to be alcohol-related, although the number of assaults had remained static at eight.

Chief Inspector Andrew McLean, while acknowledging that Base manager Neil Gillies was a conscientious licensee and that the premises were well run, objected to the 3am licence being formalised, observing: “The increase in hours has spread the incidents taking place up to 4am which affects residents in the vicinity who are disrupted over a longer period of time.”

The most vehement dissent came from local residents who claimed their amenity had deteriorated over the last nine months.

One resident of Teviot Crescent cited the “noise from drunk people, taxis and cars after 3am” and even claimed: “Couples have sex in our close if we forget to lock the doors onto the street.”

Councillors voted 3-2 to refuse the application.