Saturday, December 9, 2023

Alcohol ban proposed for QEII

Christchurch City Council is proposing an alcohol ban for QEII and the surrounding park area.

The Council is considering amending its Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw to provide an alcohol ban for the stadium and surrounds, specifically during large-scale events.

The request, raised by the community, would amend Schedule 2 of the Bylaw to include QEII as a ‘large-scale event alcohol ban area’. 

The ban would apply from 12.00am – 11:59pm on the day of any designated event within the area bounded by Ascot Avenue, Bower Avenue, Travis Road, Frosts Road and Beach Road.

“The proposed ban would be consistent with other Christchurch event venues that host large scale events, such as Hagley Park,” says Council Head of Strategic Policy and Resilience, David Griffiths.

“The ban would aim to limit antisocial behaviour in public places surrounding the venue on the days where there are large events.”

Event providers can still apply for special licenses to serve alcohol at these events, said Mr Griffiths.

“We’ve heard from stakeholders including Christchurch School of Gymnastics, Taiora QEII, Children’s Christmas Parade Trust, and Avonside Girls and Shirley Boys’ High Schools who all support the proposal,” he said.

The Council will make a decision on the proposal on 12 December 2023. If approved, the bylaw amendment would take effect on 18 December 2023.

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