Board set to review liquor ban areas
Albert-Eden parks and reserves are at risk of having their liquor bans removed.
The Albert-Eden Local Board is asking residents to provide evidence of any alcohol-related crime and disorder they have witnessed in liquor ban areas.
New government legislation requires the Auckland Council to review its existing liquor ban areas against new criteria by October. The Albert-Eden Local Board must review the 108 alcohol bans in the area including Fowlds Park, Waterview Reserve and Nicholson Park.
Under current controls people are not allowed to bring, carry or drink alcohol in the park between 10pm and 8am during daylight saving hours and between 8pm and 8am throughout the rest of the year.
controls, alcohol could be consumed in the reserves at any time of day.
Seven of the existing bans will remain in the Eden Valley, Kingsland, Mt Albert, Mt Eden and Pt Chevalier town centres as well as streets surrounding Eden Park and Mt Albert War Memorial Reserve.
The other liquor ban areas will need to be reviewed.
There must be evidence of high levels of crime or disorder in each area for alcohol control to be retained.
Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says the board would like to keep the current liquor bans but has to justify the need for each banned area.
He says it has been difficult to gather data from the police and is calling on the public to give evidence.
‘‘We are in danger of having a situation of struggling to retain successful liquor bans because we don’t have the evidence.’’
Evidence can be in the form of written accounts of incidents people have witnessed in a liquor ban area, either recently or prior to the ban.
‘‘We don’t live in a perfect world so liquor bans aren’t always effective but nonetheless liquor bans have given the police the ability to deal a little bit more with problems,’’ Haynes says.