Alcohol byelaws welcomed by Don

The area in red is the area of Brechin covered by the updated alcohol byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places.
The area in red is the area of Brechin covered by the updated alcohol byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places.

Angus North and Mearns SNP MSP Nigel Don has welcomed the news that updated alcohol byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places in Angus which will come into force at the end of this month.

The Prohibition of Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places (Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose) Byelaws 2011 were approved by Angus Council in July and have now been confirmed by the Scottish Ministers

Commenting Mr Don said: “I welcome the news of the extended byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places in Angus.

“Drinking alcohol in public can cause considerable problems for the local community and the byelaws will ensure that residents are protected from any nuisance and disorder.

“We still have a serious problem with alcohol abuse in Scotland which can’t be ignored, and I look forward to the reintroduction of minimum pricing proposals by the Scottish Government to help tackle the harm caused by alcohol abuse.”

Any person who consumes alcohol in a public place within areas designated by the byelaws shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500.

Copies of the confirmed byelaws, which include plans showing the extent of the affected areas, may be inspected during normal business hours at the Access Offices and public libraries in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose, at Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar and on the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk

The area in red is the area of Brechin covered by the updated alcohol byelaws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in designated public places.