Proposed Byelaws Prohibiting the Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places - Consultations

Summary details
We want your views on proposed Byelaws Prohibiting the Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places across the Scottish Borders.

We agreed that the engagement process should take place to help develop the Byelaws which, if implemented, could result in fines of up to £500 for drinking in public places.

This would provide an additional tool for the police to reduce anti-social behaviour through early intervention, and contributes to meeting what has been recognised as a top priority among the Borders public in the last several Household Surveys to 'make the Borders a safer place to live, work and visit.'

The Byelaws would not apply for the Border Common Ridings, summer festivals and Hogmanay/New Years Eve. Drinking alcohol in licensed establishments such as beer gardens and in private homes' back gardens, would also not be affected by the Byelaws. The focus is on reducing anti-social behaviour through the prohibition of consumption of alcohol outwith these environments.

The areas where the Byelaws would apply are yet to be determined and is one of the key areas on which we are seeking the public's views.

The proposed Byelaws are based on the National Model Byelaws. Officers from our Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) and Police Scotland have considered and developed the proposed Byelaws.

Please read the engagement booklet below and submit your comments via the online survey or by returning the paper copy (available in the engagement booklet or from any council contact centre, library or by calling customer services on 0300 100 1800) by post to Council HQ or in person at any contact centre.
Consultation findings/decisions
Once the engagement process closes all the responses received will be analysed and will inform a report to Council scheduled for early 2014. This report will contain recommendations for the development of the Byelaws. There will then be a formal Statutory Consultation process, involving newspaper advertisements. The Byelaws will then need the approval of Scottish Ministers to allow them to be implemented.
Closing date
17 January 2014
01835 825006
Ian Wilkie
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