Liquor ban could ex­tend to 24 hours

Central Leader - - News -

Liquor should be off the menu in town cen­tres and parks ac­cord­ing to the Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Board.

The board voted to sup­port the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s pro­posal to place a 24-hour liquor ban in all town cen­tres and in parks from 10pm to 8am dur­ing day­light sav­ing and 8pm to 8am at other times.

Cur­rent bans only cover se­lected town cen­tres at cer­tain times.

Board chair­man Dun­can Macdon­ald says ban­ning al­co­hol in the Avon­dale town cen­tre 24 hours a day in­stead of the cur­rent 8pm to 8am re­stric­tions will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“We’re sick of all the drunks around the place dur­ing the day. They make a hell of a mess.

“Now the cops won’t come be­cause it’s not against the law.”

But board mem­ber Cather­ine Farmer says if the pro­posal is adopted as coun­cil pol­icy, the po­lice may not have the re­sources to en­force it.

Af­ter col­lat­ing a range of opin­ions, coun­cil of­fi­cers plan to have a draft pro­posal on liquor bans be­fore the city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee by De­cem­ber.

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