A MAN with a previous criminal conviction for fire-raising has been judged a fit and proper person to hold a personal licence at a Peeblesshire hotel.
After hearing representations on Friday, Scottish Borders Licensing Board voted 5-4 to approve the application of Gareth Connolly from Inverness in respect of the Allan Ramsay Hotel at Carlops.
In June, 2006, Mr Connolly was given 240 hours community service and ordered to pay £5,000 compensation at Wick Sheriff Court for offences including theft by housebreaking and culpable and reckless fire-raising.
Councillors heard that Mr Connolly had declared this conviction in his application for a personal licence. He is not the premises licence holder.