Drinking byelaws - where to apply them

If you have a view on whether or not drinking alcohol in a public place in your town or village should be banned, now is your chance to be heard.

Scottish Borders Council are proposing byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places; with fines of up to £500.

The focus is on reducing anti-social behaviour but the byelaws would not apply for: the Border Common Ridings, summer festivals and Hogmanay/New Years Eve; licensed beer gardens and in private homes’ back gardens.

SBC’s executive member for community safety, Councillor Donald Moffat said: “Our focus is to make the Borders a safer place so the aim of the byelaws is to reduce anti-social behaviour.”

Residents can submit their views by visiting www.scotborders.gov.uk/consultations or alternatively - they can complete a questionnaire which is available from any SBC contact centre or library or by calling 01835 825002 or 825006.