Local licensing forum

We are required under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to establish a Local Licensing Forum (LLF).

The role of the Local Licensing Forum is to:

  • Keep under review the liquor licensing system and the function of the Licensing Board in our area.
  • Give advice and make recommendations to the Board on such matters as they think appropriate.
  • The LLF cannot comment on particular cases.

The LLF will do this by:

  • Considering the implications of relevant local data and statistics provided by appropriate organisations.
  • Identifying key licensing issues affecting the Scottish Borders and developing constructive advice on how to address them.


The forum is appointed from members of the public, listed below:

  • M. Hay (Convener) – Member of Licensed Trade
  • S. Bell – Representative of Borders College
  • S. Dalrymple – Personal Licence Holder
  • S. Elliot – Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Coordinator
  • R. Mackay - Member of Licensed Trade
  • A. Maybury – Member of a Community Council
  • PC Ray - Representative of Chief Constable
  • G. Todd - Member of the Community
  • I. Tunnah - Licensing Standards Officer
  • M. Wynne - Licensing Standards Officer

The Forum is currently inviting applications for new Members. If you are interested please contact Licensing or complete the membership application form. Completed applications should be submitted.


Licensing objectives

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 is based on 5 licensing objectives. All licensing decisions must be made with reference to these 5 objectives. All are of equal importance. They are:

  1. Preventing crime and disorder
  2. Securing public safety
  3. Preventing public nuisance
  4. Protecting and improving public health
  5. Protecting children from harm.

Local licensing forum annual report

The Local Licensing Forum annual report is now available, covering the period 2017/18.