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BYELAWS BANNING PUBLIC DRINKING IN RENFREWSHIRE

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Byelaws banning the consumption of alcohol in designated places, which have already been effective in cutting the i...
Byelaws banning the consumption of alcohol in designated places, which have already been effective in cutting the incidence of drink-related nuisance in many places in Scotland, are to be introduced in parts of Renfrewshire.

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.

'Byelaws have been shown to be an effective way in which to

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.'

NOTES

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.

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