Council Approves Temporary Liquor Ban
Monday, September 13, 2010
At Monday’s Policy Development Committee meeting, the Council voted to approve a temporary liquor ban during the month of December (2010), for the area of Glover Road (from Victoria St), along Waihi Rd (up to Chute St, Normanby).
The Council was asked to consider implementing a temporary liquor ban by the Push Bike Pub Crawl Safety Working Party. The temporary liquor ban which was strongly supported by the Police and the Taranaki District Health Board’s Chief Medical Officer, Greg Simmons, was approved by the Council in an attempt to make the annual Push Bike Pub Crawl event safer.
South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop says the police asked for another tool to deal with unruly behavior and they believe the temporary liquor ban would help them do that.
“The intention of the temporary ban is to make it safer for cyclists biking along the dangerous stretch of road from Glover and Waihi Roads to Normanby,” he says. “We want people to be safe and responsible and hopefully this is one way to achieve that.”
The Push bike Pub Crawl, an event which has no official organisers has been growing in such numbers over the last couple of years that many believe it has become unmanageable and fear a major accident may occur.
All councilors, apart from one, voted for the temporary liquor ban.