Scottish home affairs minister Henry McLeish today announced confirmation of byelaws made by Renfrewshire Council.
Mr McLeish said:
'I am announcing today the confirmation of byelaws made by Renfrewshire Council to ban drinking in certain public places.
deal with this problem. It is increasingly clear that these byelaws have a real impact in improving the quality of life and the environment in places where there is significant nuisance associated with public drinking. I will continue to support other local authorities that come forward with byelaw proposals.
'The Renfrewshire byelaws, which come into effect on Friday,
October 3, supersede existing byelaws that already cover Paisley town
centre, and cover an additional 14 towns and villages. I hope that
residents of the new areas covered will soon see the same benefits as
residents in areas which already have byelaws.'
1.In 1989 the government allowed an experiment in the use of
byelaws to prohibit public drinking in designated parts of Galashiels,
Dundee and Motherwell. The results were encouraging and in 1993 all
local authorities were invited to submit proposals for similar byelaws if they so wished. There are now more than a dozen sets of byelaws in
operation covering a couple of hundred towns and villages in Scotland,
including the bulk of the City of Glasgow. All such byelaws must be
confirmed by the secretary of state. Many other authorities are in the
process of drawing up proposals.
2.In addition to the places where byelaws are already in existence
new byelaws will prohibit drinking in public for the first time in the
following places: The whole of Paisley (as opposed to the town centre under the current byelaws), Johnstone, Renfrew, Linwood, Bishopton,
Langbank, Bridge of Weir, Howwood, Erskine, Inchinnan, Lochwinnoch Houston, Brookfield, Elderslie and Kilbarchan.