South Ayrshire Council are calling on young people from the local area to be part of their Licensing Forum.

There are currently seven places available with the Forum recruiting two trade representatives, two people to represent young people, two members of the public and one person with a background in the emergency services.

The role of the Licensing Forum is to keep under review the operation of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in the area, as well as its functions. It can also give advice and make recommendations to the Licensing Board on general policy.

The Forum are particularly interested to hear from young people and obtain their input to shape the way alcohol is sold in South Ayrshire. The new members will play a positive role in licensing policy and making suggestions for it.

Councillor Craig Mackay, Chair of South Ayrshire Licensing Board believes this is a great opportunity to make a difference. He said: “We’re committed to reducing poverty and disadvantage, and shaping the way alcohol is sold and used. It plays an important role in communities across South Ayrshire.

“For the Forum’s work to be effective, we need the right mix of people and use their experience to make informed choices in this important area.

“There are a number of positions available on the Licensing Forum for people from a wide range of backgrounds and I’d ask anyone with an interest in this area to consider getting in touch to find out what’s involved.”

South Ayrshire Council have stated that all members need to be enthusiastic, committed and interested in licensing issues. They are also required to be keen on learning about how these issues have an impact on local people.

Paul Zive, Chair of the Forum said: “Licensed Premises have a place in our communities and contribute to our local economy, which means that it’s important that peoples’ views are heard on licensing issues.

“As a member of the South Ayrshire Local Licensing Forum, I understand how important it is that the impact of the Licensing Board’s decisions, are considered by people from a number of different backgrounds.”

Speaking for the Forum, Paul also underlined that no particular qualifications are required to be part of the team, although keen attitudes and fresh ideas are being sought. He added: “Members don’t need experience, just a willingness to express their views and represent their community.”

If you are interested, please visit You will find the application form under ‘Local Licensing Forum’. Return your completed form to Licensing, South Ayrshire Council, County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR or email: no later than Friday, 7 December, 2018.