28 days to have say on sauna licence axe

The consultation will last four weeks. Pic: Toby Williams
The consultation will last four weeks. Pic: Toby Williams
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PEOPLE have been given four weeks to declare whether they want licences for saunas across Edinburgh to be scrapped.

The city council’s regulatory committee has agreed to a 28-day consultation period over the proposal to no longer require the contentious outlets to be licenced.

Council leader Andrew Burns has claimed the move, if approved, would not result in an immediate city-wide crackdown on saunas protected by the authority under existing regulations.

However, Green Councillor and committee member Melanie Main questioned whether the plans were being rushed through.

Saunas are classed as health and fitness establishments under existing regulations, meaning they require a public entertainment licence.

The requirement for that licence would be axed if the council’s proposal wins support. A final decision will be made in January.

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