Residents campaign to stop extended licensing hours

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Residents of Glasgow's Merchant City have launched a campaign to stop pubs and clubs in the area extending their licensing hours.Glasgow City Council...

Residents of Glasgow's Merchant City have launched a campaign to stop pubs and clubs in the area extending their licensing hours.

Glasgow City Council has been warned by The One O'clock Campaign, set up by people living in flats in the refurbished area, which is one of the city's main entertainment zones, that they will move out if late licences are introduced.

The council, along with other city centre managers across the UK, is actively involved in encouraging people to move back into cities.

However, council chiefs have announced they are commissioning a review of planning policy in the area to consider extending opening hours until 3am or later.

Anne Keay, chairman of Merchant City Community Council, said: "We shouldn't be woken up at all hours by taxis hooting their horns or by people fighting in the street."

About 2,000 people live in the area, but this is set to rise to about 5,000 over the next five years if the city council's regeneration work goes ahead.

Millionaire club boss Stefan King, owner of the G1 Group that purchased the troubled Big Beat business, is one of the major operators in the area, owning the Corinthian on Ingram Street and Arta on Candleriggs.

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