Jul 6 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
PUB giant JD Wetherspoon’s plan to open a bar in Stirling’s former tax office will be debated for a second time by licensing chiefs.
A hearing was held at Stirling Sheriff Court on Tuesday which subsequently resulted in the firm’s application for an appeal being granted.
JD Wetherspoon’s initial attempt to gain a provisional premises licence as part of a plan to breathe new life into the city’s one-time HMRC hub on Spittal Street was refused by Stirling Licensing Board, by four votes to two, in February.
Wetherspoon’s solicitor Nigel Connor said: “We were awarded costs as well. Obviously we’re hopeful that, when the board meets to discuss the case once more, they decide to grant the application in our favour.”
A spokesperson for Stirling Licensing Board said: “We can confirm that it was agreed with the appellants [JD Wetherspoon] that the appeal should be allowed so that the application for a provisional premises licence could be reconsidered by the board; the sheriff made an order for this to happen.
“The application will be brought to an appropriate meeting of the board.”
Stirling Council’s planning panel gave the potential development the green light in September last year.
Following the local authority elections in May the area’s licensing board now reads: Councillor Christine Simpson (chair); Councillor Neil Benny (vice-chair); Councillor Alycia Hayes; Councillor Danny Gibson; Councillor Mark Ruskell; Councillor Alasdair MacPherson; Councillor Johanna Boyd and Councillor Steven Paterson.
Councillor Paterson is the only current board member who served on the committee when JD Wetherspoon’s initial application was heard.