Councillors have agreed to hold a consultation on introducing pilot alcohol byelaws in Hawick, Galashiels, Eyemouth and Peebles, when members voted 19 to 13 in favour of doing so at the full meeting of Scottish Borders Council yesterday (Thursday 31st October).

It follows an initial consultation which ran from 27 March to 30 June this year, which looked to establish whether or not people thought the drinking of alcohol in public places was a problem that needed to be addressed. While a wide variety of views were given, councillors have agreed that a second stage consultation should be carried out to consider options in more detail.

This will specifically ask whether or not byelaws should be brought in for four towns: Hawick, Galashiels, Eyemouth and Peebles, on a pilot basis.

More information of the consultation will be announced soon.

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