A PUB has been granted permission to close at 2.30am seven days a week.

The Buf in Ayr’s Arthur Street normally stayed open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 12.30am the next morning and 2.30am during other nights. 

The venue needs the later closure in order to compete with other premises in the town, a licensing board meeting was told on Thursday, November 21.

Solicitor Brian Dunlop pointed out other night spots were operating until 2.30am on the days in question. 

Calling for the new terminal hour, he said it would be fair from a competitive point of view and would create a “more level playing field.”

Mr Dunlop added: “There are no grounds for refusal.”

South Ayrshire Council politicians approved the variation of premises licence.

Speaking at the licensing board, Conservative councillor Bob Pollock said: “I would find it difficult to argue against supporting the application.”

The Buf, which opened in March, also operates a premises on Main Street Prestwick.

The boozer took over the former McArthurs bar in the town, which closed a number of years ago.