Booze ban laws moving forward

PLANS to introduce laws banning the consumption of alcohol in public areas in the town centre of Brechin look set to take a step forward on Wednesday (today) when a meeting of Angus Council takes place (writes Shona Beaton).

Officials are seeking approval for the making of the proposed bye-laws to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in specified public areas of all seven Angus burghs and the report going before councillors will advise on the next steps in the process.

The council is being asked to approve the authentication of the proposed Prohibition of Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places (Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose) Byelaws 2011 by the head of law and administration and to note the further steps required before the bye-laws come into force.

It was at a meeting of the council in December of last year that members approved the draft Prohibition of Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places (Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose) Bye-laws 2011 for consultation with Tayside Police and the Procurators Fiscal for Angus.

In addition, the council agreed that, if there are no substantive amendments suggested by either Tayside Police or the Procurators Fiscal for Angus, the draft bye-laws would be submitted to the Scottish Government who will be advised of the council’s intention to make these bye-laws.

Copies of the draft bye-laws were duly submitted to Tayside Police and the Procurators Fiscal for Angus. Tayside Police have advised that they have been involved throughout the consultation process and support the implementation of the new bye-laws.

The Area Procurator Fiscal has advised that she is content with the proposed bye-laws and the plans.

In accordance with current Scottish Government Guidance, a copy of the proposed bye-laws and plans were submitted to the Law Reform Division of the Scottish Government.

A response has now been received from the Law Reform Division of the Scottish Government, suggesting slight amendments to the draft bye-laws.

Angus Council will be asked to note that there have been no suggested amendments to either the conveyancing descriptions referred to in the schedule to the draft bye-laws or the detailed plans.

“Given the above, and the terms of the council’s decision on December 16, 2010, it is recommended that the council approve the authentication of the proposed Prohibition of Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places (Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose) Bye-laws 2011 by the head of law,” explains the director of corporate services, Colin McMahon, in his report.

“Once the bye-laws have been made, they will be advertised and copies made available for inspection by the public at various council offices and on the council’s website.

“Objections must be made direct to Scottish Ministers within one month of the date of the advertisement.

“Assuming that there are no objections, the signed copy must be sent to the Scottish Ministers for confirmation at the expiry of the objection period.

“The date when the bye-laws come into force will be agreed between the council and Scottish Government. The council must inform the relevant authorities and advertise the date in advance.

“Signs must also be put up in the specified areas.

“If there are objections, these will be dealt with by the Criminal Law and Licensing Division of the Scottish Government liaising with the council.”