No street drinking at Carluke Gala 2010

CARLUKE Community councillors have voted AGAINST plans to alter existing policy which bans street drinking at the town's Gala Day on June 12.

Community Council chairman Alistair Mackie, fellow members and the Gala Committee DO NOT want to see Carluke follow the now traditional Lanark Lanimer Day policy which allows street drinking.

"Someone asked me why street drinking was not allowed on Carluke Gala Day when Lanimers has a special exemption," Alistair said.

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"That was when I raised a discussion about how we would apply for a change to bring Carluke Gala Day into line with Lanimers.

"Fellow community councillors and I discussed this issue with Gala Committee members and we decided that we didn't want any changes to the status quo.

"It means that the Gala Day will remain an occasion when there is no public outdoor drinking in Carluke.

"Carluke Gala is essentially a day for the family. I'm happy for it to remain that way."

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The decision to retain a ban on street drinking on Carluke Gala Day this year has largely been welcomed by Clydesdale West councillors.

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