Restaurant’s owners agree to curfew on kids

Site where a new restaurant will be located in Galashiels.
Site where a new restaurant will be located in Galashiels.

The owners of a new restaurant in Galashiels have agreed that no children under 15 or unaccompanied young people, aged 16 or 17 should be on their premises after 10pm.

Trond Dalby and Will Haegland, who also run the County Hotel in Selkirk, made that clarifying amendment to their operating plan for Grapevine – Now You’re Talking ahead of Friday’s meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s licensing board.

That allayed the concerns of Dr Tim Patterson, the region’s joint acting director of public health, who wanted a limit imposed on the time youngsters would be exposed to the consumption of alcohol at the 80-seater Douglas Bridge eatery.

Councillors unanimously approved the duly-amended premises licence application.

That will allow the restaurant, due to open this week, to serve alcohol from 11am till 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight during the rest of the week.

A similar curfew on children and young people was sought by the police and licensing standards officer Ian Tunnah in respect of the Clovenfords Hotel, the owner of which, Punch Partnership, was seeking to amend its operating plan.

Again, the applicant had agreed before the meeting that, unless attending a pre-arranged function, children and young people will not be allowed to stay on the premises beyond 10pm.

That time limit will also apply to all drinks being consumed in the seated area outside the front of the village hostelry, which Punch wanted included in the hotel’s “licensing footprint”.

“The hotel is surrounded by residential properties, and the use of this area throughout core hours – 11am till 1am on Friday and Saturday and until midnight during the rest of the week – could lead to noise nuisance and disturbance of those neighbouring properties,” said Mr Tunnah.

At the same meeting, the Co-op food store in St Boswells was granted an amendment to its operating plan, allowing it to open, subject to customer demand, from 6am till 10am daily.

The Main Street shop current opens at 7am.