Ban may be extended

PLANS to extend the non-alcohol zone in Arbroath cleared the first hurdle at the meeting of the full Angus Council on Thursday.

In October members of the Angus Licensing Board agreed to put the proposals to extend the ban in the town to the council so bye-laws could be made.

Currently, most of the town centre is a non-drinking zone and if the new laws come into force, the ban area could almost double in size.

It would take in the West Port, Keptie Street and Lochlands Street as well as the streets around the Montrose Road and the entire Harbour area.

The ban means that people caught drinking alcohol in these areas can be fined up to £500 and it is thought the extension for the ban has been supported by local residents.

The draft by-laws will first be submitted to Tayside Police and the procurator fiscal for their consideration.

If they agree with them, the potential laws will then be submitted to the Scottish Government for final approval.

The plans could also see a blanket ban of alcohol in Forfar and Monifieth town centres and an extension of the area in Brechin.

There are already by-laws in place banning alcohol consumption in public places in Carnoustie, Montrose and Kirriemuir.