Progress made in alcohol byelaw

angus Council has come a step closer to implementing a prohibition of consumption of alcohol in designated places byelaw which will affect all Angus towns.

The local authority approved the draft proposal late last year and agreed that should Tayside Police or the Procurators fiscal for Angus have no substantial amendments to make then it should be submitted to the Scottish Government.

A copy of the proposed byelaws was sent to the Scottish Government who then responded with some suggested slight amendments.

In a report submitted to Angus Council earlier this week director of corporate services, Colin McMahon suggested that the authority approve the proposed byelaws.

He said: “Once the byelaws 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.

“The advertisement will state that any 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 byelaws 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 any objections, these will be dealt with by the Criminal Law and Licensing Division of the Scottish Government liaising with the Council.”

In Forfar the designated area will include all of the Town Centre from the north corner of the junction of Market Street and North Street then south-east along the east edge of the eastmost pavement of North Street to the junction with Academy Street.

From there the border heads in a south-westerly direction along the south edge of the southmost pavement of Academy Street and St James Road to the junction at the Dundee Loan. In a northerly direction along the west edge of the western most pavement of Dundee Loan and Craig O’Loch Road to the junction with Queenswell Road. Then in an easterly direction along the west edge of the westmost pavement of Castle Street and Brechin Road respectively to the junction with Market Street before heading in an easterly direction along the north edge of Market Street to the junction with North Street to meet the original point.

In Kirriemuir the designated area will also include all of the Town Centre commencing at the westmost point of the Glengate and St Malcolm’s Wynd junction before heading in a north easterly direction along the northmost pavement of St Malcolm’s Wynd to the junction at the Roods.

From there the border heads in a northerly direction along the west edge of the Roods pavement before hitting the junction with Reform Street. Then in an easterly direction along the north edge of the northmost pavement of Reform Street to the junction with Rosefield Gardens it will head in an easterly direction before going north of the Public Library and Town Hall Building.

From there the border heads in a easterly then southerly direction along the north and east edges of Glebe Road to the junction of Glebe Road, Brechin Road and School Wynd to include the garden seated area . It will then move on in a westerly direction along the east edge of School Wynd and Kirk Wynd to the junction with Bellies Brae.

The border runs from Bellies Brae along the south edge of the footpath along Gairie Burn to the junction with Tannage Brae. Then in a north easterly direction along the north edge of Tannage Brae to the junction at the Glengate the border runs along the Glengate until it meets the starting point at St Malcolm’s Wynd.