Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Booze ban for Christchurch village

A temporary alcohol ban for Christchurch’s Woolston Village has been backed by Christchurch City Council.

The Council agreed at a meeting this week that the ban will be introduced for a six month period.

It comes after 173 community residents signed a petition asking the Council to put an alcohol ban in place following concern over the negative impact public drinking was having in the area.

The petition was presented to the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board in July and a staff report recommending the temporary ban was presented at a full Council meeting today.

Mayor, Phil Mauger said it was a positive move that had strong support from the community, the Police, Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team and Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand.

“Residents have clearly said that they feel unsafe and that begging, abuse, littering and threats in the area are being exacerbated by alcohol,” says Mayor Phil Mauger.

“The Police have said that an alcohol ban helps to reduce antisocial behaviour. They are fully on board with this move and committed to enforcing the ban with an increased presence, along with more frequent community patrols.

“We hope this will help people and businesses feel safe in the Woolston Village area, as they have a right do,” the Mayor said.

Board Chairperson, Paul McMahon said the decision was “a welcome Christmas present for local businesses and resident”.

“This is a great win for the Woolston community, who have wanted an alcohol ban in the village for several years and while it is not a solution, it is part of the work to improve the safety and enjoyment of Woolston Village for everyone,” he said.

The temporary ban is made under the Council’s Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw, and makes it an offence to have or to consume alcohol in public places where the ban applies.  The Police are able to issue an infringement fine to anyone breaching the bylaw, and can seize alcohol in relation to the ban.

The temporary ban takes effect immediately for a period of six months and applies 24 hours a day seven days a week. A decision on a permanent ban will be made after that time.

The alcohol ban applies to the streets around Woolston Village on Ferry Road, and to nearby Radley Park.

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