Borders could see public places drinking ban

Scottish Borders Council has launched a consultation on banning drinking in public places Credit: Press Association

Public places drinking could be banned in the Borders if residents show support for introducing controls.

Scottish Borders Council has launched a consultation asking people for their views.

It runs until 26 May and can be found online here. Paper versions are also available from council contact centres and libraries.

The council says if the consultation identifies that drinking of alcohol in public places is causing problems, a second consultation would take place to understand the level of support for byelaws to be introduced in these areas.

"As a council we considered this proposition a few years ago but we felt that we needed to hear from local communities before taking this further.

Cllr Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council Leader