Awards seek to recognise best bars in Angus

Pictured at the launch are: Chief Superintendent Colin MacKay, community safety service manager Bob Myles, Tayside Fire and Rescue community safety manager Martin Tait, Angus licensing board convener Councillor John Whyte, Matt Ronan from the Scottish Business Crime Centre and Angus Council trading standards officer Garry Mitchell.

Pictured at the launch are: Chief Superintendent Colin MacKay, community safety service manager Bob Myles, Tayside Fire and Rescue community safety manager Martin Tait, Angus licensing board convener Councillor John Whyte, Matt Ronan from the Scottish Business Crime Centre and Angus Council trading standards officer Garry Mitchell.

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THE HUNT is on to find the best bars and pubs in the county with the launch of the fifth annual Best Bar None Angus Awards.

A record number of licensed premises in the Angus area have applied to participate in the national scheme, unique to the licensed trade, which rewards and recognises safe and well-managed licensed premises.

Awards are made after pubs, clubs and bars have been assessed on a number of criteria including how they prevent crime and disorder, promote public safety, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm.

Last year, 29 licensed premises were accredited to the scheme and earlier this year Angus put forward three national finalists for the Best Bar None Scotland Awards.

The 2011 campaign - a partnership of Angus Council, Tayside Police, NHS Tayside and Tayside Fire and Rescue - was launched last week at Sharky’s Bar in George Street.

Speaking at the launch, Eastern Division Commander Chief Superintendent Colin McKay praised licensees for their support of the scheme.

He said: “Best Bar None Angus is about raising standards within the licensed trade and this shows great commitment by those publicans who have entered, demonstrating their will to make Angus a safer place for our residents and visitors alike”.

Eileen McArthur, of Focus on Alcohol Angus, added that the awards bring a number of benefits for both the local community and the licensed trade.

She said: “Angus Licensing Board also supports Best Bar None, as this initiative reduces crime and identifies venues which members of the public can visit, knowing that stringent standards are in place. This all makes for a safer night out in Angus.”

There are few places left for this year’s awards, so premises wishing to be considered should submit applications by May 31. Further details and application forms are available by contacting 01307 474879 or e-mailing alcohol@angus.gov.uk.