Booze ban extension

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THE ban on drinking alcohol in public places - which has been highly successful since it was introduced in central Kirriemuir - is set to come into effect in all seven Angus burghs 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 the council in July and have now been confirmed by the Scottish Ministers. They come into effect on September 29.

Angus Council already had byelaws in place in Kirriemuir and four other Angus burghs.

The new byelaws establish completely new areas to be covered in Forfar and Monifieth and create additional areas in Arbroath and Brechin.

The byelaws do not make any changes to the current areas covered in Kirriemuir, Carnoustie and Montrose

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.

The convener of the Licensing Board, councillor John Whyte, welcomed the introduction of the byelaws and thanked all those who participated in the extensive consultation process which lead to the byelaws being brought into force.

He also urged the owners of licensed premises to carefully check the terms of their premises licence to ensure that beer gardens or other external areas where the consumption of alcohol is permitted are covered by their licence.

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, or by logging on to the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk