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Legal challenge to glass ban

2 June 2006

The licensed trade in Glasgow is to challenge the ban on glasses and bottles in city pubs and clubs, claiming it damages the city's image.

The Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) is leading a legal challenge, which has been lodged with the Court of Session. It claims Glasgow City Council's licensing board was acting outside its legal powers by linking the use of plastic containers to publicans' applications for regular extensions to opening hours.

It says the consultation period was too short and did not have enough information about glassing attacks on which to base public opinion. The SBPA also feels that the use of plastic damages Glasgow's image and its aim of attracting visitors from around the world, and that plastic glasses are unattractive to drinkers.

Nightclubs in Glasgow have had to use plastic glasses since January of this year. The all-out ban on glasses and bottles in licensed premises is expected to come into force at the end of next January.

Patrick Browne of the SBPA said an all-out ban could not be justified and the use of plastic glasses or toughened glass was best decided on a premises-by-premises basis.

Gordon Macdiarmid, convener of the city's licensing board, said he was astonished that anyone could prioritise the protection of glass receptacles ahead of their patrons.