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Views sought on potential public places alcohol ban in four Borders towns

Borderers are being asked for their thoughts on the possible introduction of a byelaw that would ban the consumption of alcohol in public places in four of the region’s towns.

Last year, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) carried out a consultation on whether or not people thought drinking in public places was causing a problem.

The results were mixed with 36% agreeing this was the case and 44% saying it wasn’t. The remaining 20% were unsure.

Councillors then decided to hold a second consultation, focusing on four towns: Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick and Peebles.

That consultation is now open until 6 May and you can give your views online at

You can also request a paper copy at contact centres or libraries by emailing or calling 01835 826662.

The consultation is looking to gather people’s views about:

  • Support for an alcohol byelaw in each of the four areas
  • The areas in each of the four towns for the potential byelaws
  • Potential exemptions for an alcohol byelaw (e.g. New Year’s Eve)
  • Impact of an alcohol byelaw in each of the four towns

You can find out more information at public events taking place in each of the four areas:

  • Hawick: Hawick Community Council meeting; 9 March; 6:30pm, Hawick High School
  • Galashiels: 19 March; 6:30pm; Balmoral Lounge, Focus Centre
  • Eyemouth: 23 March; 6:30pm; Eyemouth Primary School
  • Peebles: Peebles Community Council meeting; 9 April; 7pm: Burgh Chambers, Chambers Institution

Please direct any enquiries to: or 01835 826662

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