RENFREWSHIRE is bucking the trend when it comes to drinks licences, it has emerged.
The Paisley area reported a slight increase in licensed premises last year, despite national statistics reporting a drop overall.
For the financial year of 2010/11, there were a total of 433 licenced premises in the Renfrewshire Council area.
This was up from 421 the previous year.
In order for a shop or bar to sell alcohol, it must first have a premises licence, as well as a personal licence holder.
There were 1,144 personal licences held in Renfrewshire last year.
The new Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 came fully into force in September 2009 and the release of figures reflects the first full year of operation under the new licensing arrangements.
The main findings show that the overall number of licences in force across Scotland has been drifting downward between 2003 and 2011 – falling by six per cent during the period to about 16,300 premises licences during 2010/11.