Justice Secretary permits Argyll and Bute Council to extend public drinking ban in Oban

Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill ,has given Argyll and Bute Council permission to increase the area covered by the current Oban alcohol byelaws.

The council has increased the area to include the areas of Soroba, Glengallan and Pulpit Hill.

It will now be an offence for anyone to be in in possession of an open container containing alcoholic liquor, where it is reasonable to infer that that person intended to drink from it in public within the town.

The new byelaws come into operation next week,  on 19th February 2013.

Mr MacAskill says: ‘Public drinking is often a nuisance and can greatly hamper the quality of life for residents in a particular area.

‘All local authorities, in Scotland, already have such byelaws in force and that demonstrates how seriously local authorities are tackling the problem of reducing the nuisance and disorder commonly associated with public drinking.

‘I will continue to support other councils that come forward with appropriate byelaw proposals for designated places.’

Background

Argyll and Bute Council already have alcohol byelaws that prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a designated public place in towns and villages throughout Argyll and Bute .

There are four different offences that the local authority can choose from and it is up to them to decide what offence is suitable for their specific social and environmental needs.

Any person who is guilty of breaching the byelaws is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 (level 2 on the standard scale).

Local authorities can submit proposals for similar byelaws under powers contained in the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

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