Wine to be sold in plastic bottles in Falkirk

Ambitious plans by Erika Rosa to open an Italian-style off-sales in Falkirk's Cockburn Street have been approved
Ambitious plans by Erika Rosa to open an Italian-style off-sales in Falkirk's Cockburn Street have been approved
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A businesswoman is toasting success after getting the go-ahead to sell wine in plastic containers after a re-think by licensing bosses.

Ambitious plans by Erika Rosa to open an Italian-style off-sales in Falkirk’s Cockburn Street were put on hold last month when her application for provisional grant of a premises licence was blocked by Falkirk Licensing Board.

Then, Convener Councillor Malcolm Nicol said in his view wine should only be sold in glass bottles. He told Ms Rosa: “You want to portray the right image for your business and this town and plastic bottles are entirely the wrong image. I’m not happy with the idea of plastic being used at all.”

Before moving the application be continued for a month, Councillor Nicol also had a sharp put-down for board colleague Councillor Allyson Black after she said she thought it was a good idea - telling her: “As long as I’m convener wine will be sold in glass containers, and if you don’t like it you can go elsewhere.”

His comments and views were roundly criticised on social media sites. When the board met yesterday (Wednesday) - without Councillor Nicol who intimated his apologies - members were told off-sales premises in Glasgow and Edinburgh had been selling wine in plastic containers “for years” without any problems.

They were also shown examples of the containers - plastic and glass - Ms Rosa intends to use in her Canton Colli Euganei which she hopes to open next month and approved her application unanimously.

Councillor Black told her: “The board wishes you every success in your venture.”