Drinking in public places ban set to come into force

BYE-LAWS which ban drinking alcohol in designated public places in the seven Angus burghs will take effect on Thursday, September 29.

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

Angus Council already had bye-laws in place in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir and Montrose. The new bye-laws establish completely new areas to be covered in Forfar and Monifieth and create additional areas in Arbroath and Brechin.

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

Any person who consumes alcohol in a public place within areas designated by the bye-laws 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 bye-laws and thanked all those who participated in the extensive consultation process which led to them 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.

He said: “If beer gardens or other external areas where the consumption of alcohol is allowed are not covered by a premises licence and if the area is considered to be a public place within the byelaw areas, then patrons consuming alcohol in that area will be committing a criminal offence.

“If a licence holder is in any doubt as to which parts of their premises is covered by their premises licence then they should contact the offices of the clerk to the board for advice and assistance.”

Copies of the confirmed bye-laws, 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.