Falkirk take aways could open until 5 a.m.

Falkirk takeaways could be granted later opening hours
Falkirk takeaways could be granted later opening hours

Takeaways in Falkirk could soon be serving customers until up to 5 a.m. if an initiative is approved by local councillors.

Falkirk Council’s Policy Development Committee is looking at the operating hours of fast food outlets and if they should be allowed to open later.

Currently, hot snacks can only be served until 1.30 a.m. and one outlet has a licence to serve cold food until 4 a.m.

City nightclub was recently granted a licence to serve chips, hot dogs and burgers to go until 3 a.m. and they will start the new venture shortly.

Convenor of the Policy Development Committee Councillor Jim Blackwood said they were looking at takeaways following an application from Saints and Sinners in Princes Street.

He said: “This business applied to serve hot food to people leaving nightclubs but the police objected and it was decided they could serve cold food.

“It made us look at the policy and we are weighing up all the options.

“The night time economy in Falkirk has suffered greatly in recent years and later hours could be a boost, but it would also mean people are hanging about town later, causing difficulties for the police and the people who live nearby.

“We could keep the existing hours or extend to 3 a.m., 4 a.m. or 5 a.m.”

The committee will make a recommendation and take it to the council’s Executive Committee in August.

If approved, Falkirk could have late night takeaway by autumn.