Current no-drinking signs leave bitter taste

No-drinking sign.
No-drinking sign.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Brian Topping was joined by the Community Council last week in calls to get new no-drinking signs.

The councillor had been discussing the town’s issues with people drinking alcohol in public when the topic had arisen.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said vice chair of the community council, Mary Melville on the current signs.

“We had spent almost a year, if not more, to get the council to let us erect signs.

“You can walk past it without ever seeing it,” she added on the dimensions of the current signs.

Councillor Topping agreed that the signs should be taken down and enlarged, saying that he had been in talks with the police chief inspector and the area manager for Aberdeenshire Council about launching the signs.

He added further that the community council’s views could be passed onto the local planning group.

“To me, they’re far too small.

“I’m personally very disappointed and I’ve raised that with Margaret-Jane Cardno [area manager].

“There really needs to be a proper launch . . . to say that is that law,” Councillor Topping said.

Councillor Topping, who has previously said that his own view on public drinking of alcohol is one of zero tolerance, added: “I take my dog out and the number of broken glass I have to pick up, it’s just a mess.”

Previously, the community council have discussed the issues of public drinking of alcohol affecting Broadsea and the Four Corners in Fraserburgh.

Incidents of public drinking can be reported to Police Scotland’s non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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