Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Community braces for another Newtown liquor fight

Community braces for another Newtown liquor fight

Wednesday 28 November

Media release from Newtown Community & Cultural Centre

Newtown residents are concerned that a new off-license liquor outlet, proposed to open on Newtown Ave, will cause harm to the community.

“We’ve been contacted by a number of residents concerned about the proposed liquor shop,” says Newtown Community Centre co-ordinator Anna Costley.

“Newtown Liquor Shop” would be open from 9am to 11pm, 7 days a week. The proposed store is within 100m of two existing off-license liquor outlets, and is in close proximity to three public playgrounds.

“New Zealand research shows that a high density of liquor outlets increases alcohol harm in a community,” Ms Costley says. “We have four off-licenses in Newtown already. That’s enough.”

Earlier this year the Newtown community successfully blocked an off-license liquor outlet, after a record-breaking 110 objections were lodged against “Vee’s Liquor Planet,” which proposed to open opposite Newtown School. A petition of 676 signatures was also presented to the Wellington District Licensing Agency.

The owner of Vee’s Liquor Planet withdrew his application following the community outcry, citing a “crisis of conscience”.

“It goes to show what communities can achieve when they work together,” says Ms Costley. “We encourage those who are concerned about this new liquor shop to formally lodge their objections with the DLA.”

Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle says that while the community was successful in stopping a liquor outlet in the past, it continues to be an uphill battle.
“We shouldn’t have to oppose these liquor outlets year after year. It is totally unfair on communities.”

Changes to the Sale of Liquor Act will give communities a greater voice but are not expected to take effect until August 2013.
“Wellington needs an alcohol management strategy that will address the priorities for managing the supply and consumption of alcohol and bring an end to the current situation facing the people of Newtown” says Councillor Eagle.

Objections to the proposed store must be lodged with the District Licensing Agency by 5pm, Monday 10th December. Any liquor application that receives objections from the public gets forwarded to the national Liquor Licensing Authority, and a public hearing is then held to determine the outcome.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news