Partial Liquor Ban for Patea
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The South Taranaki District Council approved a reduced liquor ban area for Patea at last night’s Council meeting.
The new liquor ban area includes the length of Egmont Street from Hadfield St to Patea Beach and all public places adjacent to those streets and is in force 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Council originally considered a blanket ban across the township, at the request of the Police, however after public consultation and with support of the Patea Community Board and the Police, that idea was dropped in favour of a reduced area covering key trouble spots.
In a written submission, alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Ivan Smith said that while investigations showed a blanket liquor bam was not needed for the town, reducing the area to the main road and beach would help police combat alcohol related crime.
In his submission, he noted that during 1 Jan 2009 – 31 Dec 2012, 90 of the 144 persons apprehended for willful damage in public places in Patea were affected by alcohol.
Mr Smith also said the Police would use their discretion when enforcing the bylaw.
In December last year, the Council consulted on amending the District’s Liquor Control Bylaw and in March 2013 decided to extend the liquor ban areas in Hawera, Normanby and Eltham while leaving the Manaia and Opunake areas unchanged.