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Scottish motorway services awarded drinks licence

13 April, 2016

One of Scotland’s busiest motorway service areas (MSA) has won a drinks licence despite objectors claiming it could lead to alcohol being consumed at the MSA.

The licence has been granted to the Marks & Spencer Simply Food at Moto services on the M9 at Junction 9 at Bannockburn, where the M9 and M80 meet.

Police raised no objections to the plans to sell alcohol between 10am and 10pm and Stirling Licensing Board granted approval.

The Scotsman reported that M&S called for the application to be accepted as the majority of its customers use the store for buying items to consume at home.

Speaking on behalf of M&S, Robert Skinner told the licensing board: “People tend to go to these stores because of the quality of their food.

“Some of you may remember the much parodied ‘This is not just any food, this is M&S food’. The licence is aimed at complementing that offering. Almost all M&S Simply food stores are licensed.”

SNP councillor Gerry McLaughlan said that he had concerns about people drinking at the service station.

He said: “There is a seating area outside in the car park. This is well known as a rest area and I know that people do use it regularly.

“My fear is that people may purchase drink and then sit outside and have it with their Burger King meal.”