Trade group considers action against Christmas glass ban

By James Wilmore

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The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) is considering taking legal action against a proposed glass ban in Glasgow pubs this Christmas - just...

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) is considering taking legal action against a proposed glass ban in Glasgow pubs this Christmas - just months after a similar battle.

Pubs in the city have been told by the authorities they must use plastic or toughened glass if they want to stay open after midnight over the festive period.

The SBPA threatened to take legal action against Glasgow Licensing Board earlier this year over a proposed blanket glass ban from next year.

But the authorities back-tracked and the trade group dropped the case. The ban will now apply from January to clubs, venues with entertainment licences, bars with a history of "glassing" incidents and pubs open after midnight.

"It seems that Glasgow Licensing Board is treating the industry with disdain with what it's doing," said Patrick Browne, chief executive of the SBPA.

"Christmas is the busiest time of the year for the trade and the eyes of the world are on the city during Hogmany. This will create completely the wrong impression."

Mr Browne said the SBPA was talking with its lawyers to decide if it would take any action.

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