Town hotel owner issues conference plea

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Selkirk hotel proprietor Will Haegeland is urging fellow licensees to attend a special conference to ensure they have their say on key licensing issues.

The Volunteer Hall in Galashiels will be the venue for the November 12 event, chaired by Selkirkshire Scottish Borders councillor Michelle Ballantyne.

Licensees and other interested parties will get the opportunity to find out more about a range of topics, including how drinking culture is affecting licensed premises and the impact of alcohol nationally and locally, at the conference organised by the Scottish Borders Local Licensing Forum.

County Hotel owner Mr Haegeland said: “As licensees, we must have a say in the legislative process. It is us that will have to live with the consequences of any inadequate or flawed regulations.

“As the legislation is currently coming up for review, we need to come together and discuss what works well, what doesn’t and what changes we need to see being implemented.”