An Ayr boozer faces police objections over late opening plans.

The Buf in Arthur Street applied to open from noon to 2.30am on Sundays instead of midnight after recently opening in the former McArthurs site.

Police Sergeant David Dougan said later closing would put extra pressure on officer staffing levels in the town. 

Sergeant Dougan: “It has the potential for increased public disorder and criminal behaviour.”

He presented Police Scotland concerns at South Ayrshire Council’s Licensing Board last week. 

Solicitor Brian Dunlop “It is a relatively minor change in opening hours.”

He added: “The truth is there are no facts identifiable to support the police objection.”

Speaking at the council Licensing Board he pointed out how The Buf has undergone a “substantial” refurbishment worth £1.5 million. 

Mr Dunlop said: “Other premises in Arthur Street have the benefit of a 2.30am opening in the town.”

The solicitor said the night spot is covered by 16 CCTV cameras, has created 30 new jobs and boasts a large dance floor. 

Appealing to councillors he said: “My clients are simply asking for a level playing field here.”
Council leader Councillor Douglas Campbell proposed a visit to the Buf before voting on the application. 

A decision is to be made at a later date following the visit.