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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.

“Do you think that they are needed? Do you think that they should be town wide, or specific to certain areas? Do you think that this a necessary or unnecessary step for the Council to take? Therefore I would encourage you to let us know what you think.

"Any ban would not stop people drinking in their gardens, beer gardens or at licensed events, but we want to know of any potential problem areas that the public think such a ban would be helpful. Or if they think that there should not be a ban in the Borders.

"If we did end up looking at introducing byelaws we could have authority to limit any bans to certain times of year. We could, for instance, see the byelaw not being applicable in certain areas during common ridings, local festivals and new year."

– Cllr Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council Leader