PROPOSALS to extend a byelaw on alcohol consumption around public places in Stirling could be extended after changes were approved by councillors.

The Stirling Council Prohibition of Drinking of Alcohol in Public Places Byelaw could be changed if approved by the Scottish Government.

The proposals seek to address anti-social behaviour associated with the consumption of alcohol after residents and Police Scotland requested changes last summer.

Under the changes, wording would be added to the byelaw to include an offence of having an open container of alcohol in a designated public place.

Currently, it is an offence to consume alcohol in a designated public place and the byelaw has been in place since 1998.

However, this is only enforceable by police officers if they witness an individual in the actual act of consumption.

Another change would extend the area covered by the byelaw in Callander.

The proposals were endorsed by councillors following a four-week public consultation.

Councillors considered a supportive response from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, and noted that the amendment to the byelaw would bring it into alignment with neighbouring local authorities with areas that fall within the national park boundary.

Those opposed indicated a preference for more resources to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour and littering.

The response from Ramblers Scotland expressed a preference for infrastructure and education to tackle anti-social behaviour before an extension to the byelaw was considered.

Ultimately, the proposals were endorsed by councillors, but will need to be approved by the government before the extended byelaw can come into force on a designated day.