Have Your Say on Alcohol in the Community

Have Your Say on Alcohol in the Community

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Taranaki’s three district councils are beginning a series of consultations that will help inform the development of Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs).

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, Councils can prepare LAPs to set additional rules about the sale and supply of alcohol in local communities.

“The new District Licensing Committees will use their LAP as a guiding document for liquor licensing decisions in each district,” said New Plymouth District Council Customer and Regulatory Services Manager Mary-Anne Priest.

Says Stratford District Council Director of Community Services Mike Avery: “Because the LAP can set such things as restrictions on licensed premises’ trading hours and location, and the number of licences in an area, it’s important that community organisations and individuals not involved in the supply of liquor have their say – as well as the alcohol sector itself.”

Adds South Taranaki District Council Regulatory Services Manager Jim Single: “This is the first time that local communities have had an opportunity to provide their input on alcohol licensing at a policy level and we want as many people as possible to have their say.”

Each council will be conducting consultations in their local areas between now and December, with SDC’s starting tomorrow (FRIDAY). NPDC’s starts on 1 November and STDC’s in December.

Survey-takers will be on the streets with digital tablets to record the public’s comments. You can also go straight to the survey by clicking here.

The public can also contact their local Council and ask for a hard copy of the survey form to be sent to them.

Under the Act an LAP can include:

  • The location of licensed premises by reference to broad areas.
  • The location of licensed premises by reference to proximity to premises of a particular kind or kinds.
  • The location of licensed premises by reference to proximity to facilities of a particular kind or kinds.
  • Whether further licences (or licences of a particular kind or kinds) should be issued for premises in the district concerned, or any stated part of the district.
  • Maximum trading hours.
  • The issuing of licences, or licences of a particular kind or kinds, subject to discretionary conditions.
  • One-way door restrictions.