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Public Has Its Say On Draft Liquor Ban Bylaw

Public Has Its Say On Draft Liquor Ban Bylaw
June 1, 2004

The public is being asked by North Shore City Council to comment on its draft liquor ban bylaw that aims to help control the consumption of alcohol in public places.

The council decided last week (May 26) to put out its draft liquor ban bylaw for public consultation on June 4 to July 9.

The Local Government Act 2002 requires the council to put in place a bylaw if it wishes to address liquor control in public places.

The bylaw will allow for the introduction of liquor controls by council resolution on a case-by-case basis. It also allows for public participation in setting those areas that could be subject to a liquor ban.

Works and environment committee chairperson, Joel Cayford, says this would give the council greater control over alcohol consumption in public places by putting in place a ban where it was needed.

"The bylaw allows us to place long-term bans on alcohol consumption in certain areas as well short-term bans, like those used at the Devonport Food and Wine Festival."

Liquor bans can be introduced by a council resolution provided criteria listed in the bylaw are met.

The bylaw requires the council to consider whether it is necessary to consult the public before imposing a ban. It is likely that a high level of consultation would be undertaken before instituting a permanent liquor ban in any area.

"Areas with a troubled past are more likely to attract liquor bans in the future.

"We want to end the disorderly behaviour and criminal offending which is linked to drinking alcohol in North Shore City streets.

"Better controls over drinking in public places make people feel safer visiting popular parts of the city," Councillor Cayford says.

If a ban were put in place people would not be allowed to consume liquor in that public area within its time restrictions.

The Police, who would enforce the bylaw, and Alcohol Healthwatch have both expressed their support.

Hearings will take place after July 9. North Shore City will then consider the public's views before adopting the new bylaw.

Under the Local Government Act 2002 the council is obliged to consult the public on matters of significance such as new bylaws.

Information regarding the draft liquor ban bylaw, including a copy of the draft bylaw and submission forms, will be made available at www.northshorecity.govt.nz, environmental services office -521 Lake Rd, Takapuna, all council area offices and libraries or by calling Actionline on 486 8600.

"We encourage all residents and ratepayers to take this opportunity to provide us with feedback on our draft liquor ban bylaw," Councillor Cayford says.


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