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Local Licensing Forum

About the Local Licensing Forum

The Aberdeen Local Licensing Forum was established in 2007, as required by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.  The Forum has been set up to keep the operation of the Licensing (Scotland) Act under review, and to give advice and make recommendations to the Licensing Board.  The Board must have regard to any advice given, or recommendations made by the Forum, and where the Board decides not to follow the advice or recommendation, it must give the Forum reasons for the decision.  The Board and Forum hold a joint meeting on an annual basis.

Membership of the Forum

Forums can vary in membership from 5 to 21 members.  The Licensing Act states that the Forum must include members who are representative of the key interest areas, namely:-

  • holders of premises licences and personal licences
  • the Chief Constable for the police area in which the Forum is situated
  • persons having functions relating to health, education or social work
  • young people
  • persons resident within the Forum's area
  • a Licensing Standards Officer

The Aberdeen Local Licensing Forum has 12 members:-

Holders of Premises Licences and Personal Licences
Stuart McPhee, On Sales
Leanne McGowan, Off Sales

Chief Constable for the area in which the Forum is situated (representative)
Kenneth McGeough, Police Scotland

Persons having functions relating to health, education or social work
Sandy Kelman, Aberdeen Alcohol and Drugs Partnership
Shamini Omnes, NHS Grampian
Peter Benton, Aberdeen Samaritans
Kerry Laing, Community Safety Partnership
Miriam Smith, Education and Children's Services, Aberdeen City Council

Young People
Barbu Dragosflorin, Aberdeen City Youth Council

Persons resident within the Forum's area
Ken Eddie, Civic Forum

Licensing Standards Officer
Diane Sande / Tara-Erin Gilchrist

Community Councils
Laura MacDonald

The Forum also has a number of co-optees who are invited to attend meetings, but are not voting members.  The co-optees are:-

Adrian Gomes, Holder of Premises Licences and Personal Licences
William Christie, Holder of Premises Licences and Personal Licences
Heather Wilson, NHS Grampian

When does the Forum meet?

The Forum meets five times a year.  You can view agendas and minutes here.

How can I contact the Forum?

The Forum can be contacted via locallicensingforum@aberdeencity.gov.uk