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Public won't be able to watch another Highland Council meeting


By Andrew Dixon

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ANOTHER Highland Council meeting will be held behind closed doors next week.

The Highland Licensing Board will not be webcast on Tuesday, meaning the public will not be able to watch what happens.

It is unclear if applicants involved in any of the applications will be allowed to watch what is decided or hear what councillors have to say.

A spokesman for the local authority said: "During the coronavirus period, the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 has been temporarily amended to allow board meetings to take place remotely rather than by way of a public meeting."

Items on the agenda include a bid by Eden Court in Inverness to sell alcohol from 11am on Sundays and for its "entire grounds" to be licensed, including car parking areas, for "maximum flexibility when catering for events".

It follows a behind-closed-doors planning meeting last week, where one councillor made rulings in conjunction with council officials after seeking input from fellow councillors. The public were not able to watch anything that happened at the meeting.

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